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Get building labourer jobs: 4 easy steps.


Labourers do manual work on building and construction sites. Labouring work is not complicated and can be done with some basic, on-the-job training.

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4 steps to get started as a building labourer:

  1. Get the free Offsida app and set up a worker profile. Offsida makes it easy to connect with tradespeople and builders who want to hire labourers.

  2. Get a pair of safety-approved work-boots and some other basic PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like gloves, earplugs, and protective eye-wear. All of these can be bought cheaply at a hardware store.

  3. Always arrive a few minutes early for every job.

  4. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Every job is a chance to learn new skills.

What sort of work do labourers do?

  • Assisting tradespeople and builders.

  • Carrying out manual tasks as directed in a safe manner.

  • Unloading equipment and materials.

  • Using tools.

  • Understanding and following safe work practices.

  • Keeping the work-site clean.


In Australia, labourers are not required to have a trade certification or license. Some labourers are skilled in a certain area, such as bricklaying or scaffolding, but most are generalists who do all kinds of simple building work.

Building labourers usually earn between $20 and $45 per hour in Australia, depending on their level of experience and skills.

Labourer cutting wood on a building site.

You don't need any formal qualifications to work as a building labourer in Australia, but you should have a White Card, which certifies you've been trained in basic work-site safety.

Many labourers work casually or part-time. A lot of tradesmen and builders don't need labourers every day, so they hire them as needed by the hour.

To make the most of your opportunities as a labourer, you can work for more than one employer.


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