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Trades and labour

Trades and labour roles perform a variety of manual tasks that may involve the use of hand tools, power tools, air tools, and small heavy equipment.

Job function Job role Job role code Description
*ANZSCO description
Animal Attendants and Trainers Animal Attendants 250502 Animal attendants train, feed, groom and care for animals. They also have to do some basic administrative tasks.*
Dog Trainer/Breeder 250501 Dog training and breeding professionals breed and care for dogs and train them to obey commands and undertake specific tasks.*
Labourers Cleaner 250309 Cleaners clean offices, residential complexes, hospitals, schools, industrial work areas, industrial machines, construction sites and other commercial premises.*
Gardener 250302 Gardeners plant, cultivate, maintain, plan and construct parks, gardens and landscapes, and inspect, diagnose and treat trees and shrubs.*
Handyperson 250304 Handypeople clean, paint, repair and maintain buildings, grounds and facilities.*
Horticulture 250301 Horticulture professionals use design, science, technology and business approaches to growing and understanding plants. Including cultivating and researching medicinal plants, food plants, fungi and trees.
Housekeeper 250305 Housekeepers clean, vacuum and mop floors, make beds, and re-stock mini bars and bathroom supplies in commercial or residential premises.*
Kitchen Hand 250310 Kitchen hands assist kitchen and service staff in preparing and serving food, and clean food preparation and service areas.*
Labourer 250303 Labourers perform a variety of routine, manual tasks.
Mess Steward 250306 Mess Stewards undertake basic food and domestic service tasks and activities.
Range Technician 250311 Range Technicians perform tasks and activities relating to the operation of Defence firearms ranges.
Security Officer/Guard 250308 Security officers and guards provide security and investigative services to organisations and individuals.*
Storeperson 250307 Storepeople receive, handle and despatch goods in a store or warehouse.
Trades Carpenter 250401 Carpenters and joiners construct, erect, install, renovate and repair structures and fixtures made of wood, plywood, wallboard and other materials, and cut, shape and fit timber parts to form structures and fittings.*
Chef/Cook 250407 Chefs/Cooks prepare, season and cook food in a dining or catering establishment.*
Communications 250402 Telecommunications trades workers install, maintain and repair data transmission equipment, aerial lines, conduits, cables, radio antennae and telecommunications equipment and appliances.*
Electrician 250403 Electricians design, assemble, install, test, commission, diagnose, maintain and repair electrical networks, systems, circuits, equipment, components, appliances and facilities for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes, and service and repair lifts, escalators and related equipment.*
General Tradesperson 250404 General tradespeople undertake trade certified functions for an organisation.
Instrument Electrician 250405 Instrument electricians install, modify, maintain and repair electronic instruments and control systems.*
Plumbing 250406 Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.*
Transport and Logistics Air Traffic Control 250201 Air traffic controllers ensure the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements.*
Driver 250202 Drivers drive vehicles to transport passengers/ cargo to destinations. This may also include maintenance of the vehicle.
Fleet Maintenance and Management 250203 Fleet maintenance and management professionals are responsible for the acquisition and on-going management of the organisation's vehicle fleet.
Logistics 250204 Logistics professionals coordinate the purchasing, receipt, recording, monitoring, and distribution of goods and services, and the clearance and collection of imported cargo and shipment of cargo for export.*
Refuelling 250205 Refuelling professionals coordinate and operate fuelling equipment. This includes ensuring appropriate safety and operational procedures have been met in refuelling a vehicle and other machinery and in the storage of fuel.
Vehicles and Equipment Maintenance/Operation Deck Hand 250106 Deckhands carry out a range of basic duties essential to the running and maintenance of a boat or ship.
Mechanic 250101 Motor Mechanics repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components.*
Metal Fitter/Machinist 250102 Metal fitters and machinists fit and assemble fabricated metal parts into products, set up machining tools, production machines and textile machines, and operate machining tools and machines to shape metal stock and castings.*
PlantInspection 250103 Plant inspectors inspect plant machines and equipment to ensure safety and integrity.
Plant Operation 250104 Earthmoving plant operators operate plant to excavate earth, ore and rock, break up pavement, road,rock and obstructions, move and load earth, rock and debris, and level, smooth and compact surfaces in construction and other projects.*
Print Machine Operation 250105 Print machine operators produce books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, posters, leaflets, packaging materials and stationery using printing presses.*
Last reviewed: 
20 March 2019