Move to Australia as a Plasterer 2021
Guide to Immigrating to Australia as a Plasterer – Updated for 2021
How to Move to Australia as a Plasterer
If you’re looking to move to Australia as a plasterer you’re in the right place. Let’s Go Global skilled trades desk specializes in emigrating qualified tradespeople from all over the world to Australia and Plasterers are very much in demand down under.
Does Australia Need Plasterers?
The answer is a resounding yes! If you’re a qualified plasterer, you are wanted in Australia.
Why are Plasters wanted down under?
Immigration into Australia is determined by supply and demand factors. If an occupation or skill has demand in Australia but not enough capacity to full these gaps an occupation will usually find its way onto one of two Occupation in Demand lists.
Being on one of these lists determines the first stage of your eligibility to emigrate to Australia.
Plasterers are on the main MLTSSL list which is great news for potential skilled migrants although we can in no way guarantee how long plastering will remain open for immigration to Australia.
For now, providing you can score at least 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points Matrix then you’re certainly starting to gain an advantage when looking to move to Australia as a Plasterer.
At these initial stages its also a good idea to ensure you meet the 65 point Australian Immigration criteria
Move to Australia as a Plasterer Stage One
Find your actual occupation code. Every occupation and specialization have their own Australian Immigration code and for plasterers emigrating to Australia the overall Unit Group code is: 3332 (Plasterer). Although within this code we also find 333212: Solid Plasterer and 333211: Fibrous Plasterer. The Plastering code also covers Dry Wall Plastering specializations
Here at Let’s Go Global, our Down Under Tradies team consists of Australian Immigration experts with experience in migrating Plasterers so will always talk your language when it comes to your individual skill set.
Move to Australia as a Plasterer Stage Two
Stage two in your moving to Australia project is to complete the Skills Assessment process for Immigration. Skills Assessment isn’t a test, it’s a checking process used by the Australian Government to ensure you are who you say you are, and that you have the right skills, qualifications and experience.
What is the Skills Assessment body for Plasterers emigrating to Australia?
Your research may have led you already to the <ahref=”http://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Trades Recognition Authority (referred to as TRA). The TRA are licensed by the Department of Immigration to carry out Skills Assessment on suitably qualified Plasterers.
Documentation required at Skills Assessment to Move to Australia as a Plasterer
P45s & P60s
Photographs of you at work
Documents need to be prepared in a specific format and the references need specific wording. For any periods of self-employment, we’ll require a separate list of documents.
Let’s Go Global have a 100% success rate migrating Plasterers to Australia
What plastering skills are Australia looking to prove via skills assessment?
General skills set required to move to Australia as a Plasterer are as follows
- Applying and fixing plasterboard, suspended ceilings, fire ratings systems, acoustic plating, and composite wall linings to buildings, as well as the application of decorative and protective coverings of plaster to the interior and exterior of buildings.
- Determining plasterboard layout, and installing insulation and vapour barriers
Measuring, marking and cutting plasterboard, lifting and positioning panels, and securing them to walls, ceilings and battens
- Preparing corner beads and securing them in position
- Fixing pre-cast cornices, panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings
Covering joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothing them using wet brushes and sand paper
- Mixing and applying coats of plaster, cement and render to structures using trowels, and levelling and smoothing coats to uniform thickness
- Plumbing and straightening corners, angles and wall and ceiling surfaces
- Creating decorative textures in finishing coats
- Applying and finishing acoustic, insulating and fireproofing materials bonded with plaster, plastic cement and similar materials
Qualifications required to move to Australia a Plasterer
Plastering in Australia is a Skills Level 3 occupation which means at skills assessment we need to evidence a level 3 or 4 on the Australian Qualification Framework.
What does this even mean?
As a Plasterer you need to ideally have the following qualifications
UK plasterers moving to Australia: NVQ Level 3, Level two may be suitable with requisite work experience
South Africa plasterers moving to Australia: National Certificate: Construction Plastering
Canadian Plasterer emigrating down under: Red Seal
I’m a time served Plasterer looking to emigrate to Australia without qualifications
Sometimes at least three full years of practical hands on experience may substitute the need for formal qualifications although this is done on a case by case basis.
Emigrate to Australia as a Plasterer Stage Three
The plastering skills assessment process will likely take around 12 weeks from start to finish and, once successful you’ll be issued with an Offshore Technical Skills Record Certificate (also known as an OTSR). Your OTSR means that your qualifications and experience have been converted to the Australian equivalent and you can start work immediately.
Your OTSR also means we can move to the next stage of the Australian Permanent Residency Process, the submission of your Expression of Interest. From this point, providing the case runs smoothly, you have no major medical complications or serious criminal record we would expect your Australian Permanent Residency visas to be granted within 12 months.
Plasterers are eligible for both the 189 and 190 Permanent Residency subclasses which allow the holder and their families to:
Live and work in Australia
Enter and leave at will without the need for further visas
Access medical services
Sponsor other eligible family members after two years
Eventually apply for Australian Citizenship and Dual Nationality
Plasterer Australia Salary
Plastering rates in Australia vary greatly from State to State and job by job although overall a qualified Plasterer in Australia with five years’ experience would be looking to earn more than $90,000 AUD per year.