This is an estimate of the time it will take to complete the
most relevant course associated with this occupation. It’s based on the amount
of time taken to complete this course and doesn’t take into account personal
circumstances or barriers.
This data is sourced from the training providers. For more
detailed information, contact the training provider for the course you’re
This is the average salary for people working in this
industry. Graduate salaries will typically be lower. Salaries tend to increase
with the amount of time spent in a field. These figures are intended as a guide
only, rather than a prediction of future earnings.
Data for employee earnings and hours has been taken from the
ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (Cat. no. 6306.0, May 2014,
unpublished data). It takes into account average weekly ordinary time earnings,
average weekly ordinary time hours paid for, and average hourly ordinary time earnings.
This is an indication of the level of demand for workers in
a particular field. If demand is strong, there’s a higher chance of employment
after completing training, meaning your employment prospects for this
occupation are strong. If demand is low, the likelihood of employment after training
will be lower, and your employment prospects will be poor.
Employment forecast figures are sourced from Deloitte Access
Economics (2015) Victorian employment projections for 2016 to 2031.
This number tells you how many people are currently working in this field. The numbers in this section reflect the total amount of workers in this occupation in Victoria.
The information in this section is sourced by the Higher Education and Skills Group, from the industry and regulatory bodies for this occupation.
You should always contact the relevant industry or regulatory body directly for the most detailed and up to date information about the licensing for any occupation.
The information in this section is sourced from industry representatives and professional associations. It is reflective of current demands within the industry for this occupation.
Our ‘Recommended’ section reflects the skills and qualifications that prospective employers may look favourably upon when considering an applicant.
For more information about pre-apprenticeship courses, see our pre-apprenticeships page.
The information in this section is sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with input from industry bodies.
This information is intended as a guide only. Each job will vary depending on the nature of the role, the employer, and the employee.
Graphic on screen: Tom Ryan Joiner Ludbrook’s Joinery Ballarat
Tom Ryan Standing in a workshop.
VIDEO: Tom Ryan Standing in a workshop.
Graphic on screen: Joiner Tom Ryan
I’ve been in the trade for about the last seven years. Working at a place called Ludbrook’s Joinery and we get to see a great variety of work.
VIDEO: Joiner working in the workshop.
Graphic on screen: Ludbrook’s Joinery Ballarat
We take on pretty much anything related or to do with timber or woodworking.
VIDEO: Tom Ryan is feeding a board into a bench saw.
It’s basically broken down into two categories of the flatboard pre-finished kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes.
VIDEO: Joiners lifting a large solid-wood door and frame.
Solid timber side is the windows and doors. A lot of our work is renovations as well.
The appealing side to joinery is probably the precision side of the trade.
VIDEO: A joiner measures and marks up some timber for cutting.
Most joiners will work to within a half a mil’.
VIDEO: A joiner is standing at a computer while a machine runs over timber pieces.
You’ve got other machines that work within a tenth of a millimetre. A carpenter might go to a house with his ute and trailer of tools and be able to work all day whereas a lot of the work we do is set up in a factory with um, plant machinery.
VIDEO: Tom Ryan monitors a machine tunning over timber.
As joiners we need to be skilled at machines.
VIDEO: Tom Ryan winds a crank which pushes a piece of timber through a machine.
In my first three years as a joiner I went to trade school for a week once every month. It gave me an opportunity to learn about things we might not necessarily do at work. Also gave me an opportunity to meet more experienced joiners.
Even just kitchens for people; that they end up really happy with and start using straight away and fitting out whole hotels and that sort of thing have been really rewarding.
VIDEO: Joiners putting together a door and frame using drills.
Yeah, I reckon there’s plenty of work for, um, people who have a drive for the joinery industry.
VIDEO: Tom Ryan inspects some of his work.
If you can analyse things well and take care of what you do and detail then joinery’s probably something that’s pretty good.
VIDEO: (fade to black)
Graphic on screen: State Government Victoria Insignia
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
© State of Victoria 2012
Students may be eligible for government-subsidised training. This is only offered by training providers who have a contract with the Victorian Government to deliver government-subsidised training.
If you're eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of the training.
Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol . Course availability data is sourced from the Australian Course Information Register.
CSS is relied upon in order to use this site. Please enable and refresh your page. For information on accessibility please navigate to the link in the footer of this page. Thank you.