Working in construction offers an exciting variety of options. Labouring work or learning a skilled trade is a great way to enter the construction sector without the requirement for a degree or existing qualification.

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Exploring the sector

About the sector

Working in the construction industry has lots of advantages for people with the right attitude and abilities. There’s generally a steady supply of jobs, and as the work is physically active, it can also help you to maintain your fitness. There are lots of flexible pathways available to help you build a career and work towards higher-skilled jobs in the field, including positions such as supervisors, managers, business owners and technical specialists.

You can find out more about the construction industry on the National Skills Commission website, including what level of qualification most people in the sector have acquired.

There are different types of construction for you to consider working in:

  • Civil construction is focussed on the creation of public infrastructure, this includes large engineering projects involving anything to do with water, earth, or transport (such as Snowy 2.0, Inland Rail and Western Sydney Airport).
  • Residential building construction includes the build and fit-out of new housing. It also includes renovating and repairs to existing properties.  
  • Commercial building construction includes the build and fit-out of business premises such as offices, shops, restaurants, cafés, warehouses and factories.

Job Outlook

Find out about the pay, projected growth and skill levels of these occupations:

Skills Road

Find out about the tasks, skills and aptitudes associated with leading entry-level jobs in the construction industry.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

Applying for jobs in the sector

The type of person who suits entry-level roles in this sector

Values and attributes

  • Interest in the construction industry
  • Physical fitness and enjoyment of working outdoors
  • Willingness to work early starts and long days
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • A positive attitude
  • Willingness to work in a team-driven culture
  • A commitment to safety

Other entry-level requirements

Every employer is different, but most will require at least some of the following before you can commence working for them:  

  • Medical clearance
  • Clean drug and alcohol test results
  • Current driver’s licence
  • White card training and licence

How to get a job in the sector

  • Watch this video to hear common interview questions being asked by employers for a carpentry / joinery role and practise your answers.
  • Get tips to improve your search strategy:

Major projects

There are several major infrastructure projects under way across Australia. This is creating employment opportunities in a range of occupations. Browse through the major projects below to learn more about these opportunities and how you could be part of these landmark projects. 

Snowy 2.0

  • Snowy 2.0 is a renewable energy project that will provide on-demand energy and large-scale energy storage for Australia’s National Electricity Market. Building on the foundations of the Snowy Hydro-electric Scheme, the project will create a new linkage between two existing dams, Tantangara and Talbingo. Underground tunnels and an underground power station with pumping capabilities will be constructed.
  • Snowy 2.0 will create about 4,000 jobs over the next six years in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW. Jobs will range from labourers and trades, tunnel workers, plant operators and drivers. There will also be many entry-level positions including apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships and graduate program opportunities.
  • Future Generation the principal contractor who will build Snowy 2.0 on behalf of Snowy Hydro Limited.They are a joint venture between Clough and Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo).
  • For current job opportunities, go to the Snowy 2.0 Careers Centre on the project website. It is also possible to register for job alerts and future opportunities. For future opportunities, read the Snowy 2.0 Jobs and Opportunities factsheet, available on the project website.

Inland Rail

  • Inland Rail is a priority infrastructure project for the Australian Government – a 1,715km fast freight backbone between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.
  • At the peak of construction, Inland Rail will create more than 21,500 direct and indirect jobs. The Inland Rail will create an additional 700 ongoing jobs once it is operational. (Expected completion date is in 2028.)
  • On a large and complex project like Inland Rail, there will be opportunities for a wide range of local contractors and suppliers. This will include recruitment, sourcing of local project materials and other logistics support.
  • Jobs will range from earthmoving plant operators, designers, concreters, steel fixers, engineers, schedulers, railway track workers, and labourers.  Local services required will range from quarry and water supplies, fuel, earthmoving plant, cranes, traffic control and landscaping.
  • View the list of awarded contracts to find out which companies are helping to build the Inland Rail. Then click through to the company websites to see if they are hiring.
  • Local businesses interested in work with Inland Rail can register with the ICN Gateway. Work is available as subcontractors, suppliers or equipment providers to construction contractors. Go to the above website link to view applicable work packages.
  • For current non-construction job opportunities with the Australian Rail Track Corporation go to Inland Rail careers. It is also possible to register for job alerts and future opportunities.

Western Sydney Airport

  • Construction on the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, New South Wales started in 2018. The new airport is on track to open for its first passengers in late 2026. The airport has been designed to grow over coming decades as demand increases.
  • The construction of the Western Sydney Airport will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the life of the project. Jobs will also be available in airport operations and services when the airport opens. The biggest demand for workers will be in the area of construction, with employment targets guaranteeing jobs for Western Sydney locals.
  • Jobs in engineering, advanced manufacturing, defence, and education will support construction efforts and workers on site. Supporting roles will also be available in administration, financial services, transport and warehousing.
  • For current job opportunities go to Western Sydney Airport careers. It is also possible to register for job alerts and future opportunities.

Other major projects

Major Project Status is the Australian Government’s symbol of recognition of the national significance of a project. This can be for economic growth, employment or for the benefit of regional Australia. More information on Current Major Projects is available on the Australian Government Business website. This includes project locations, details and dates.

Industry jobs boards and vacancies

Online job boards can make finding a job easier. You can customise searches and apply with a few clicks.

  • Go to the jobactive jobs board and select Construction from the industries drop down
  • Use the Construction filter on the ‘Employers Hiring Now’ tile to find industry jobs boards and vacancies. The roles available include apprenticeship and traineeship jobs, roles within construction labour hire firms and direct employment with construction firms.