Guide to Bricklayer Immigration Australia
Updated for 2019
Yes! Bricklayer is currently on the MLTSSL Skilled Occupations List which means that current demand is strong from both an Australian Immigration and Jobs perspective.
As soon as an Occupation in demand ceases to be so, or if quotas begin to fill up rapidly occupations are red flagged for removal from the list.
After being red flagged an Occupation may disappear from the List altogether and we have also seen instances of Occupations being removed from the list without being red flagged previously.
This scenario happened to Bricklayers wanting to emigrate to Australia a couple of years ago. One minute they were in demand with applications for both 189 and 190 Permanent residency being approved and issued, then the code was removed leaving many Bricklayers facing an uncertain future regarding their immigration.
Many potential applicants had retrained as Bricklayers simply to enable them to move to Australia and had completed programs such as the Silver Trowel in the UK.
Usually when a code is removed from the Australia Migration Lists it does not reappear for a considerable amount of time, leaving dreams in tatters. Bricklaying was different though, it bucked the trend and was re-included onto the list after a relatively short period of time (18 months).
The current code for Australian Immigration as a Bricklayer is: Bricklayer 331111 and can be found on on the MLTSSL, showing that Bricklayers are in demand in Australia.
The criteria is relatively straightforward for those with the right qualifications and the all-important 65 points mark on the Australian Migration Points system in 2019.
Being a MLTSSL Occupation means that the Bricklaying Code is eligible to receive the 189 Visa, often thought of as the most desirable Permanent Residency Visa in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is closely followed by the 190 Visa for Australia which carries the same benefits as the 189 except that you are technically required to live in a certain State for an initial period of two years. After this time you are free to live and work anywhere in Australia the same as the 189 Visa.
New South Wales
On a 189 Visa Bricklayers do not need to worry about being sponsored by a state.
As part of the Visa application Bricklayers are required by the Australian Government to do a skills assessment. The skills assessment body for Bricklayers will require both lots of paperwork and a technical interview.
Bricklayers Skills Assessment is one of the most labour intensive stages of the migration process which is why we’re on hand to take care of the entire application from start to finish. We simply need the right information from you, supplied at the right time.
Bricklayers emigrating from the UK to Australia should hold NVQ Level three or equivalent. Your NVQ level 3 is the same as the NZ Register Level 4 qualification and the AQF Certificate IV. In certain circumstances the NVQ level two will suffice as long as you can evidence significant work experience. In reality, we prefer clients to hold NVQ Level three.
Bricklayers emigrating from South Africa to Australia should hold TAFE certificate three
And Bricklayers emigrating from Canada to Australia should hold the relevant Red Seal qualification.
The Skills Assessment process for Bricklayers is divided into three sections.
The first stage of your Bricklaying Skills Assessment for Australia is to evaluate your skills set against current benchmarked requirements.
As a general guide please consider the following questions with regards to your experience and don’t worry if you can’t answer yes to them all. Simply take our Online Visa Assessment for a Free Consultation.
Mandatory Bricklayer Australia Questions
Have you experience with masonry veneer buildings.
Can you build cavity brick/block buildings?
Can you build masonry steps, stairs and wing walls?
Can you build masonry walls and corners?
Have you experience with setting up flashings and a damp proof course.
Can you build masonry arches within walls and above columns or piers?
Can you build a specified masonry curved wall?
Have you experience with setting up fire-rated construction units.
Can you prepare a space for building by setting out the boundaries?
Can you set up, test and use levelling devices.
Can you put up and take down low scaffolding.
Have you experience carrying out basic demolition.
Are you ok with handling and preparing bricklaying and block laying materials.
Can you use bricklaying and block laying tools and equipment.
Can you use workplace safety rules and practices in the construction industry?
Have you experience building multi-thickness walls and piers.
Can you identify and understand types of plans and drawings.
Can you work well in the construction industry?
Do you plan and organise your bricklaying work.
Do you communicate well with others in the workplace?
Do you carry out measurements and calculations?
Bricklayer Australia Specialist Questions
Have you ever look into small business bricklaying opportunities.
Have you ever managed small business finances?
Can you lay pavers on level and inclined surfaces?
Can you set up and build glass blockwork to buildings.
Can you build brick fireplaces and chimneys?
Have you build masonry structural systems.
Can you plan, set out and lay bricks to form a decorative finish to brickwork on buildings.
Have you experience building battered masonry walls and piers.
Can you carry out tuck pointing to brickwork?
Can you set in place and fix reinforcement materials.
Can you use explosive power tools for work tasks safely?
Can you install heat-treated concrete items?
Are you ok working safely at heights?
Have you experience of managing small business finances.
Can you carry out concreting to simple forms?
Document collection. Your Let’s Go! Global appointed Skilled Trades specialist will work with you to create a set of documents that are unique to you and your situation in the industry. There are different document sets required for people who are contracting, self-employed or employed on the books (usually a mixture of all three over a certain period of time.
After the Bricklaying Skills Assessment Authority has approved your paperwork we will arrange your technical interview which will usually be conducted via Skype in a secure and controlled environment. You will be issued with a voucher which you must take with you to the venue, along with your Passport.
Your bricklaying Migration Specialist will make sure you are filly prepared before this assessment and to date we have a 100% success rate with Bricklayers Skills Assessments.
Let’s Go! Global will not represent any Bricklayers to immigrate to Australia if they do not hold the correct qualifications. It is possible to have your Skills Assessed on pure experience alone although we simply don’t recommend it.
Exercise extreme caution when choosing a migration agent or skills assessment assistance specialist who offers to conduct an assessment without you holding the correct qualifications. There will be many hidden costs and charges and you may well be asked to sign up for expensive training courses.
What happens after Bricklayer Australia Skills Assessment
You will be issued with a Bricklayer Australia OTSR (offshore technical skills record) which is an endorsement that all your skills, qualifications and training are valid in Australia. This is the time to kick start the recruitment process whilst your Bricklaying Immigration specialist submits your Expression of Interest through the SkillSelec platform.
Although bricklaying in Australia is not classed as a licensed trade we do find that many of our clients who’ve immigrated down under eventually move upwards into building managerial roles and your OTSR will be crucial in securing your building licenses for these types of senior roles.
The current regulations surrounding the TSS Employer Sponsored Visa are now very tough on potential employers. It is unlikely you will find a sponsored bricklaying job in Australia who will pay for Visa costs, flights and accommodation.
Stage one of the immigration process is to identify 65 points on the Australian Points System 2019. Check our handy migration points calculator and if you have any problems in calculating feel free to take our visa assessment and let our Bricklaying experts do the hard work for you.
Stage two: Choosing a Migration Agent. You don’t absolutely need to choose an Australian immigration agent although we recommend that you do. Choosing a Migration agent is a very personal thing and your appointed agent should understand your role and occupation. Let’s Go! Global have dedicated skills trades specialists who can assist and they have a 100% success rate migrating bricklayers to Australia.
Stage three: Bricklayer Australia Skills Assessment (Scroll up if you missed it)
Stage four: Submit your bricklaying Australia expression of interest via SkillSelect
Stage five: You will be invited to apply for Australian Permanent Residency based on the strength of your EOI at SkillSelect.
Stage six: Time for medicals and Police checks
Stage seven: More documentation needs to be uploaded
Stage eight: Your Australian Visas are granted
Let’s Go! Global features our own online portal for Jobs in Australia so is the best start when looking for a bricklaying job in Australia for UK Citizens or indeed, eligible Citizens of South Africa or Canada / USA and Europe. Other jobs portals can also be found online.
Bricklaying salaries in Australia are among the most competitive in the World and made it onto our recent list of the highest paid trades at rates between $89 and 984 AUD per hour.
Bricklayers Australia Salary New South Wales 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $88 per hour in New South Wales.
Bricklayers Australia Salary Queensland 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $82 per hour in Queensland.
Bricklayers Australia Salary Western Australia 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $97 per hour in Western Australia.
Bricklayers Australia Salary Northern Territory 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $82 per hour in the Northern Territory.
Bricklayers Australia Salary South Australia 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $90 per hour in South Australia.
Bricklayers Australia Salary Tasmania 2019
The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $88 per hour in Tasmania.
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Helped me alot very clear exactly what I needed lets get this ball rolling!!!!!
I have 10 years on the tools and now I’m teaching bricklaying at my local college to NVQ Level 3 and beyond. Am I still able to emigrate to Australia?
We can’t rate them highly enough. Would give more stars if we could. Great job guys. Please come and visit us anytime when you are in Brisbane.
Thanks Steve, very much appreciated. It's been a real pleasure helping you through this whole process.
If you're a Bricklayer emigrating to Australia you'll do a lot worse than using the services of Lets Go Global. Highly recommended - seriously the best migration consultants out there IMHO 🙂
Thank you Rod. I've passed your feedback onto the rest of the team. It's been a great pleasure working with you.
I'm just at the stage of having Alex submit my expression of interest to move to Australia, having passed my skills assessment. $#%^'s getting real. Now starting to seriously look at suburbs of Brisbane and Perth for places I might like to live. Girlfriend is binge watching Home and Away episodes and working on her "accent" hahahah.
Thanks Simon, it's getting exciting. Both Perth and Brisbane are great places and from recent client arrivals, have plenty of Bricklaying work. I look forward to hearing Michelle's new "Aussie" accent :).
Sorry I'm a bit late leaving you a review on here, things have been hectic. I'm settling in well over here on the Gold Coast, found a job just a few weeks after I arrived. Being a bricklayer here in Australia has been fantastic, no more freezing Liverpool mornings !! and I've been getting right into learning to surf - which I am sure is a bit of a laugh for the other guys to see, a 29 year old total beginner on the waves, but I'm loving it.Sarah and I are engaged now and she has loved the move out here as well. She got herself a job as a receptionist at a Real Estate office which is so close to home and has made a heap of new friends by joining a netball team. We have already had family out to visit us, and I think they might be thinking of making the move too, they loved it. Anyway, thanks for making all this happen for us, you said it would change our lives and it really has. Couldn't thank you more. Cheers Ben
Thanks for the update Ben, and Congratulations to Sarah and yourself on the engagement! Wonderful news. We love hearing client updates, made our day.
Enjoy the surf, and the warm mornings.
With me being only NVQ Level 2 qualified I figured I was going to run into all sorts of problems. Well, instead of running into problems I ran into Alex from Lets Go Global and the rest as they say is history. Very good, very thorough and very efficient in getting my visa granted ASAP for not just me but my whole family as well. I couldn't have done it without you guys I am absolutely certain of that fact 100% even though at the start I wondered whether I even needed an agent to assist me with the application now at the end of everything I'm so thankful that I did. Best decision ever (well, apart from moving to Australia!). Thanks again
It was a real pleasure working with you Barry. Good luck in Queensland.