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Building Associate Career Information

Occupation statistics

61,200 architectural, building and surveying technicians in Australia1

13,586 architectural, building and surveying technicians in Victoria (22.2%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,4002

Average weekly hours 43.23

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

A building associate checking progress on a construction site 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible building associates. To be eligible to apply building associates must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

In Victoria, registration is compulsory for building surveyors, building inspectors, quantity surveyors, fire safety officers (if working in the building industry and approving designs), draftspersons, commercial builders, domestic builders, demolishers, building erectors, or building supervisors.

Building Commission

PO Box 536
VIC, 3001, AUS
Telephone: 1300 815 127
Fax: 61 3 9618 9062


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about building associates in Victoria.

Finding a job

Building associates are employed on construction sites. They may work for building and construction firms and government departments or be self-employed. They are also employed in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Building associates are employed across several industries including: Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in building associates, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 7 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 7 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 7 2012 from