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8 Labourers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Labourers perform a variety of routine and repetitive physical tasks using hand and power tools, and machines either as an individual or as part of a team assisting more skilled workers such as Trades Workers, and Machinery Operators and Drivers.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this major group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In the case of some Skill Level 5 occupations, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification, or no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • cleaning commercial, industrial and domestic premises, vehicles and machines
  • spreading, levelling and finishing concrete and bituminous paving materials, and assembling and erecting scaffolding and rigging
  • loading and unloading machines, assembling components, and grading, inspecting and packing products
  • assisting with cultivating and harvesting crops, plants and forests, and with livestock production
  • processing meat and seafood, and assisting with producing and preparing food
  • loading and unloading freight from trucks, trains and ships, and stocking shelves in stores and supermarkets