Job Description

Labourers carry out manual tasks in a variety of settings, but commonly work in construction where they help erect scaffolding, clean-up sites and assist specialised workers such as painters and electricians. The manual tasks are generally non-complex and able to be performed with some basic, on-the-job training. Some labourers are particularly skilled in a certain area, such as bricklaying or scaffolding. Occasionally they take up dangerous tasks like handling chemicals or removing lead from buildings.

Careers Ladder


To work as a Labourer formal qualifications are not required. There are a few tickets you will need to acquire to work in construction. These include but are not limited to;

  • White Card (Prepare to work safety in the construction industry)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Working at Heights
  • Forklift Licence

Choose an industry to work in. In addition to construction, Labourers may also work in areas such as manufacturing, landscaping and demolition.

Consider taking part in on-the-job training or completing a TAFE course to build on the knowledge you’ve acquired on the job.


  • Autonomous
  • Cooperative
  • Diligent
  • Energetic
  • Flexible
  • Impressionable
  • Productive
  • Reliable
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Manual Labour
  • Operating Machinery
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Construction Induction White Card
  • Maintenance
  • Willingness to Learn

Future Prospects

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as: