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The bricklaying sector is about the construction and repair of veneer and full brick construction, partitions, arches and other structures using clay bricks, concrete blocks and other types of building materials in mortar.

Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams and may be employed by bricklaying subcontractors or building and construction companies.

Employment Profile

There are over 33,000 bricklayers and stonemason employed across Australia and the number is expected to increase silghtly between now and 2020. Employment is often with small-scale businesses.

Jobs in demand

Bricklayers are in shortage and there are low numbers of Bricklaying apprenticeships, with high rates of cancellations and withdrawals.

Source: Artibus Innovation

What does this industry cover?

  • Build residential structures
  • Build commercial buildings
  • Repair structures

Industry Information

There are over 33,000 bricklayers employed across Australia.

Traineeship and Apprenticeship commencements in this industry are low, however there is an Australia-wide shortage of bricklayers.

Key Occupations



This industry is positioned in the following groups


Building & Construction

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Nature & Recreation

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Career Pathways

Bricklaying is part of the Construction, Plumbing & Services Industry and has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry Organisation

  • Artibus Innovation
  • National Bricklayers Association
  • Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation
  • Master Builders Australia
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Australian Industry Group


  • Government websites about building & construction