Builder's Labourer

As a labourer, you perform a variety of routine manual tasks to assist tradespeople. This can involve working on building and construction sites, or producing prefabricated building components in a factory.

There are numerous labouring specialities, including plumbing, drainage, sewerage and storm water, earth moving, demolition, fencing, insulation and home improvements. 




  • Outdoor work 
  • No qualification required 
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • loading and unloading building and construction materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around building sites
  • putting up or removing temporary structures such as barricades and scaffolding
  • mixing and spreading materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar
  • spreading soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways
  • assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings
  • installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems
  • digging holes and moving excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools 
  • Communicating clearly 
  • Following directions 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert I Construction 
  • Cert II Construction
  • Cert II Construction Pathways
  • Cert II in Drainage
  • Cert II in Plumbing
  • Cert III Demolition
  • Traineeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Infrastructure services  
  • Home improvement

Related Roles 

  • Plumbing labourer

  • Drainage, sewer and storm water labourer

  • Plumber's assistant 


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