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Labourer Jobs In Australia – Would Overseas Migrants Qualify?

It’s safe to say that the Jobs In Australia sections of our website have proved quite popular since we launched it in February this year however some of our visitors have been left disappointed after searching opportunities in Australia as a Labourer using search terms such as “Labourer – Full Time” or Labourers – Start ASAP”. We thought we’d write this article to provide some context as to why!

The term labourer is a pretty broad one when you think about it. Doing a google search for the word brings up the definition: Labourer – a person doing unskilled manual work for wages.

Labourer jobs in Australia
Googles Definition For The Term Labourer

Are Labourers In Demand In Australia?

Therein lies our problem. You see, the Australian Skilled Occupations Lists govern the occupations in Australia that qualify for migration to Australia. The trades that appear on this list are frequently referred to as “Skills in Demand”. The skills are considered in demand as the local Australian population doesn’t contain enough people with the skills in question resulting in the Australian Government listing these occupations within the Australian Occupations List.

As there isn’t a shortage in the number of labourers in Australia to meet the needs of the Australian economy (e.g. construction of new roads etc.), there isn’t a driver for the Australian government to add labourers to the Australian Skills Occupations List. This is why you won’t find any Labourer Jobs in Australia listed amongst the pages of our website.

With that said, be careful not to mix up labourers with tradies. At the time of typing (July 2019), there are multiple trades on the Australian Occupations List that enable people with these occupations to qualify for permanent residency. If you’re a qualified bricklayer or plasterer, for example, you’ll have an excellent chance of getting an Australian Visa.

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If you are a general labourer lacking “formal skills” but have a willingness to do manual labour, your chances are quite limited. It’s perhaps not the fairest approach, but it’s an approach I don’t anticipate changing in the foreseeable future, unfortunately.

Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

All the best


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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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