Move to Australia as a Plasterer 2019


Guide to Immigrating to Australia as a Plasterer – Updated for 2019

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

Take our quick visa assessment for your points calculation

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=”” 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.

For more information on Skills Assessments for Plasterers tale our free 30 second visa assessment

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 education
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.

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by jack mills on Move to Australia as a Plasterer

hi I'm planning on moving to Australia next year, I served my time as a joiner and got my level 3 but then changed trades to plastering and have been doing it for 5 years but have no qualifications. I would like to do plastering in Australia but what would you recommend me to get my level 2 and 3 nvq on site plastering or do a course in Australia. would getting level 3 on site be enough qualifications to start plastering.

thank you


Hi Jack, in order to pass skills assessment (which is the first stage of your migration process) we'll need to demonstrate at least one year of work experience in the last three. From there the assessor will look towards your qualifications which as a time served plasterer you don't yet have. We would recommend the NVQ Level 3 as benchmark however, NVQ2 can be considered on a case by case basis for plastering.

by Tony Knight on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Plasterer moving to Brisbane

Just passed my skills assessment in plastering, now submitting for the visas.  All gone smoothly and fast, though a huge amount if paperwork I have sent through to Alex for the whole thing.  5 of us moving on my application, I'm glad he is handling all the paperwork messing around and not me.  Planning to move to Brisbane.  Whole family excited.

Thanks Tony, you have a very strong application and I'm sure the next stages will be as smooth as the first stage.

by Sam Ryan on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
There is much more paperwork than I thought there would be, glad Alex handled that for me

It all went smoothly as Alex said it would.  I didn't have to do too much, just had to get documents he needed to him.  It took some time but then he did all the documents required and helped get more documents that I did not have, and ones we could not get he made affidavits for.  I am so glad he was doing it, if I was doing it myself I would have given up as there was a lot to it that he handled for me.  And now I've got my visa and plan to take my trip out there in about 6 months, just winding things up here, finishing my contract then I'm off, after my big send off weekend away with my mates.  2 of them already are looking into applying as well seeing how well my application went, one is a welder and one is an electrician.    We will have a whole group of us over there before too long!

Thanks Sam. Without question there is a lot of paperwork and documentation, our job is to do that for you. Enjoy the 6 month lead in to the big move. I'm sure the farewell party will be a memorable one. Looking forward to helping your mates as well.

by Paul Stroud, Hertfordshire, UK on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Plasterer Australia

Great info thank you. Very Clear and a proper help. My cousin emigrated to Australia using Lets Go Global but he was a bricklayer and I seen your guide for that was very good so thank you for doing this one just for plasterers like me looking to move to Australia as a soon as possible. I've taken your online assessment and look forward to getting the ball rolling soon.

Lets Go Global Response:
Thank you Paul, we're glad you found the information useful and its great that you've taken the online assessment. All our initial consultations are free and we look forward to discussing your options.

by Terry P, Hitchin, UK on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Great Service

Great service, good value for money. I can honestly say Lets Go Global really are the experts when it comes to moving to Australia as a plasterer.

Lets Go Global Response:
Thank you Terry, our Down Under Trades experts go to great lengths to stay up to date with developments in their allocated trade migration specializations.

by Stuart P, Newark, UK on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Very Good Free Consultation

Just had a very good consultation with Lets Go Global. As a plasterer looking to emigrate to Australia I was concerned about the process. I had researched it online lots but it was good to talk things over with an expert. Best of all the consultation is free and is much more than I would have expected in terms of depth and detail. I will be starting the process next week and will definitely be using George as my agent.

Thank you Stuart, we look forward to working with you to secure your Australian Residency.

by Mark Jones, now in Perth, WA on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Writing From Australia

Just want to add my 2 cents worth here. I emigrated to Australia as a plasterer last year thanks to the expert help, advice and service of Lets Go Global and in particular Alex. I couldn't be happier and moved to Perth in December 2017. The whole Permanent Residency Visa process is intense. The amount of paperwork is so vast I know I couldn't have done it and got where I am without using the Lets Go Global down under trades experts. Thank you again and if you're reading this wondering whether to go with Lets Go I would say go for it and get the ball rolling you won't regret it and the next stop is a new life in Australia.

Lets Go Global Response:
Thank you Mark for your kind words we were all delighted to be part of your journey and to deliver such positive results. Stay in touch!

by Jerry H, Amersham, UK on Move to Australia as a Plasterer
Time to Book Flights to Australia

I just want to say a massive thank you to Alex James of Lets Go Global.
Our 189 visa arrived through email today and we are so happy. The whole process took 11 months.
Alex made everything very easy and answered my many questions. I would recommend Lets Go Global to anyone thinking of moving to Australia.
Thanks again Alex for making this whole process smooth. Time to book me some flights!

Hi Jerry, we're delighted to read your praise and thank you for taking the time. We are equally as thrilled by your 189 Visa grant.