Other Construction and Mining Labourers
Other Construction and Mining Labourers includes occupations such as Crane Chasers, Driller's Assistants, Laggers, Mining Support Workers and Surveyor's Assistants.
slings cranes and winches, and directs the movement of loads ensuring loads do not exceed lifting capacities
performs routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extracting oil, gas, mineral ore or water
applies insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secures insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches
performs routine tasks in mining and mineral ore treating operations such as assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts
performs routine tasks to assist surveyors and geologists by transporting, assembling, maintaining and laying out prospecting and surveying equipment, and collecting and labelling samples
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to decline
- is likely to reach 5,200 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 81% of people employed as Other Construction and Mining Labourers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 15 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 57 hours per week in their main job. This is 13 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,748 per week, this is higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,512
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,362
Median hourly earnings are $34, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Other Construction and Mining Labourers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Other Construction and Mining Labourers||All Jobs Average|
Around 55% of Other Construction and Mining Labourers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Other Construction and Mining Labourers is 35 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 5% of the workforce. This is 43 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Other Construction and Mining Labourers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Other Construction or Mining Labourer. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in a related trade.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Construction and Mining Labourers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||22.3||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
41%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
39%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Teaching people how to do something.
34%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Talking to others.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
44%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
42%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
41%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
39%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
38%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
37%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
33%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
27%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
26%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
25%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
19%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
See details that are far away.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
39%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
68%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
66%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
66%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
66%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
64%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
62%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
61%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
60%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
60%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
57%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
57%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
55%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
53%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
52%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
52%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
50%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
100%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
94%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Talk with people face-to-face.
91%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
90%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Work with people in a group or team.
87%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
87%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
84%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
83%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
83%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
82%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
82%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
79%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
75%Whole body vibration
Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5081.00 - Helpers--Extraction Workers.