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Panel Beater Career Information

Occupation statistics

15,300 panel beaters in Australia1

5,905 panel beaters in Victoria (38.6%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$7692

Average weekly hours 41.23

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

Two panel beaters polishing a car in a garage 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible panel beaters. To be eligible to apply for nomination, panel beaters 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

There are no licensing or registration requirements for panel beaters working in Victoria.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about panel beaters in Victoria.

  • Automotive Training Victoria represents the interests of the automotive industry and allied industries including construction equipment, recreational boating, outdoor power equipment and retail bicycle in Victoria
  • The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) represents small and medium sized businesses in the Victorian motor industry. It provides advice, technical assistance and jobs information.

Finding a job

Panel beaters are employed across several industries including: Other Services; Retail Trade; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Manufacturing.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 panel beaters, 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 April 2 2012 from

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