Are You A Carpenter or Joiner Looking to Migrate to Australia?


There is plenty of work for skilled and qualified carpenters in Australia. Did you know that the building industry in Australia is consistently growing rapidly and is the third largest domestic industry?

If you can easily carry out measurements and calculations either from reading and interpreting plans and other specifications. If you have been working in the trade and or either obtained formal qualifications or have years of experience, carpenters and joiners are needed in Australia as skilled migrants.

There are multiple areas of carpentry and joinery that are in demand in Australia right now:

  • Preparing foundations
  • Levelling
  • Scaffolding
  • Structural carpentry
  • General demolition
  • Wall framing
  • Ceiling frames
  • Roofing
  • And more.

These are just some of the areas that you will find ongoing work in Australia as a carpenter.

How do I migrate to Australia as a Carpenter and Joiner?

Migration to Australia as a Carpenter and Joiner, or for any occupation, requires the occupation be on the “Skilled Occupation” list of the “In-Demand” list.

If your occupation is on either of these lists, migration is a three-step process.


is to meet the minimum qualifications and experience criteria. For Carpentry and Joinery, you must hold formal qualifications or have at least 4 years fulltime work experience.


is you would need to obtain the Australian standards skills assessments for Carpenter and Joiners and become recognised in Australia. This is through the governing bodies VETASSESS and TRA.


is to lodge the EOI and the visa.

This is more complex than it sounds, and it is advisable to seek professional assistance from experienced migration agents such as us. We have ample experience and know how to make decision-ready visa and skills assessment applications. We get you the results in a fast turnaround time. We provide the skills assessing authority for Carpenters and Joiners solid decision ready application. Which means the case officer can make a fast decision for stage one of your skills assessment.

What is a Carpenter and Joiner?

The definition of Carpenter and Joiner comes from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO): description:

  • 331211 Carpenter and Joiner

    Constructs and installs, structures, and fixtures of wood, plywood and wallboard and cuts, shapes, and fits timber parts to form structures and fittings. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Australian Skill level: 3

    This broad category can also be broken down into subcategories.

  • 331212 Carpenter

    Constructs, erects, installs, renovates, and repairs structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, wallboard and other materials. Registration or licensing maybe required.

  • 33113 Joiner

    Cuts, shapes, and fits timber parts in workshops to form structure and fittings, ready for installation. Registration or licencing may be required.



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I am on a working holiday visa. Do I need to have my skills recognised to get a job as a Carpenter?

To work in Australia, you do not need your skills recognised. However, for immigration purposes you do.

VETASSESS assessments for trade occupations such as a Carpenter and Joiner.

How do I obtain my skills assessment for an Australian permanent visa?

Carpenter and Joiners skills assessment process for Australia

This is a twostep process for obtaining a skills assessment.

Documentary Assessment for Carpenters and Joiners skills assessment, Australia

This is where the expertise of Arnela Tolic and Direct Migration Experts will come in preparing the necessary documentation to supply to VETASSESS. The paperwork must be ready and to meet the requirements and Direct Migration Experts make sure all our applications are decision ready. You must be able to show:

  • You have three years employment experience and relevant formal training OR
  • Five years employment experience as a Carpenter with no formal training.

Requirements include (not limited to) being able to show that you have worked twelve months in the last three years. Direct Migration Experts understands the requirements and will guide you in obtaining the documents and reviewing the documents you provide to make sure that they all present decision ready for assessment by VETASSESS.

Technical Interview

There is a fee of $2,000.00 for Carpenter’s skills assessment in Australia

There is both a Technical Interview and a Practical Assessment that together make up the skills assessment.

The technical interview is for one day as is the Practical Assessment. The testing will be done where you will be tested on carpenter’s skills and experience.

What is involved in the practical skills test?

You will be tested with at least three practical assessments and a theory test. The types of things that will be covered in the examination include but are not limited to:

The applicant must demonstrate a competent acumen and safety procedures.

Have an understanding of 30 units of competency, such as below:


BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities

CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment

»CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials*

CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work

CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication

CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools

CPCCOHS2001A Apply OH&S requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting ou

CPCCCA3023A Carry out levelling operation

CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation

CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms


CPCCCA3003A Install flooring systems

CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames

CPCCCA3005B Construct ceiling frames

*This is not an exhaustive list and is general information only. To find out what all the common units are and how we can prepare you to pass the skill assessment, get in touch with the experts at Direct Migration Experts.

Do I need to find a sponsor or a work visa to stay in Australia as a Carpenter?

So, you are in Australia and you thought your employer was going to sponsor you and it has fallen through. We hear this too often from our clients onshore who have loved their time here so much on their working holiday visas they do not want to return home. The employers often promise them to sponsor them so they can stay here. As this article shows this is only a temporary pathway to stay in Australia. However, being a Carpenter here is a pathway to permanent residency in Australia. Direct Migration Experts have assisted hundreds of Carpenters from all over the world particularly from the UK and Ireland in obtaining their visa and permanent residency.

Do I need a job to obtain permanent residency?

You do not need a job however, depending on whether you are onshore and offshore this can differ. Depending on which state and territory in Australia you are going to live in. Generally, in most cases you do not need employment to apply for permanent residency. Permanent Residency and the skilled occupation list are based on points and meeting the points criteria. The points are calculated based on your formal qualifications and years of work experience, age, English level This is not limited to Carpenters but to all occupations on the skilled occupation list.

Do I need experience in Australia as a Carpenter to obtain Permanent Residency?

You do not need Australian experience as a Carpenter to apply nor obtain permanent residency. However, you do need formal qualifications and to hold a valid skills assessment in Australia as an Electrician to obtain permanent residency.

Do I need to be in Australia to apply for my permanent residency as a Carpenter?

No, this is a misconception. We have helped many clients at Direct Migration Experts over the years in obtaining permanent residency from all over the world including but not limited to the UK and Ireland, Asia and South Africa.

Is it difficult to find a job once I arrive in Australia as a Carpenter and Joiner?

Once you have your permanent residency it is extremely easy to find work as Carpenter. Many employers in Australia want staff and workers in all fields that hold permanent residency. It is particularly important that you understand that the reason you will obtain your permanent visa is because of the occupation Carpenters and Joiners being in high demand. This means that there are NOT enough local people to fill the number of vacant Carpentry positions in Australia. Carpenters and Joiners are well paid as permanent residents in Australia. There are many vacant positions ranging from, large building companies and large organisations to small to medium businesses all looking to employ Carpenters.

How do I start the process of migrating to Australia?

The first step so as we can assess you and ensure that you meet the Australian qualifications framework for the skills assessment is send us a copy of your resume (cv) for your free visa preliminary assessment. We will review your formal qualifications, age, work experience, English level and ensure that you meet the basic criteria. We will then contact you to arrange a consultation with you. We will provide you with individual legal advice and guidance of the process. We do suggest that if you do have the dream of migrating to Australia, we do suggest starting the process as the skilled occupation list changes and requirements become more difficult.

Reading this document puts you one step down the path to making your migration dreams come true. To complete the journey, contact Direct Migration Experts today and find out your next steps.

There is no time like the present!

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