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Carpenter Career Information

Occupation statistics

122,100 carpenters and joiners in Australia1

32,356 carpenters and joiners in Victoria (26.5%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$9002

Average weekly hours 40.03

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

A carpenter preparing wood for cutting 

Licensing and registration

There are no licensing or registration requirements for carpenters working in Victoria. However, registration may be required to work directly with consumers if you wish to, for example, run a small business.

Builders are registered through the Building Practitioners Board, which is part of the Building Commission. For further information contact:

Building Commission

Goods Shed North
733 Bourke Street
VIC, 3008, AUS
Tel: 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 carpenters in Victoria.

Finding a job

Carpenters are employed across several industries including: Construction; Manufacturing; Public Administration and Safety; and Administrative and Support Services.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 carpenters, 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 Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 8 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 8 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 8 2012 from

Bob Viner's Story

Bob Viner

Carpenter from the United Kingdom

‘It’s been so easy. There’s no way I’d turn around and go back. I should have done it years ago.’

Read Bob's story