Joiner Skills Assessment Australia

If you are a Joiner migrating to Australia, you will be required to complete the Joiner skills assessment for migration to Australia. Joiner ANZSCO Code 331213.

The Down Under Centre works closely with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver the skills assessment Australia for the purpose of immigration to Australia. The DUC works with UK and Irish Joiners to ensure that they are ready for their Joiner skills assessment for Australia.

Once you have completed the Joiner skills assessment, you will be issued with your Australian certificate III in Joinery. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for Joiners emigrating to Australia.

If you would like to see if you are eligible for a Skilled Visa Australia, use our free visa points calculator and our Migration Consultants will be happy to advise on your options. You can also call us on 0203 376 1555 to speak with Wes Zandt who can discuss the Joiner skills assessment with you.

Find out more about our Agency Service for Joiners emigrating to Australia.

Joiner skills assessment Australia process

The skills assessment process for Joiners is broken up into two stages. Joinery in Australia is not a licensed trade but many employers will ask that you hold your Australian qualification in Joinery for insurance purposes as working with Joinery machines and tools could be considered dangerous.

1. Documentary Assessment for Joiner skills assessment Australia $1,120

For this part of the skills assessment and for your Australian skilled visa, gathering your Joinery evidence is considered the most difficult part.

  • If you hold trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience.
  • If you don’t have trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.

You will also need to prove that you have worked as a Joiner for 12 months out of the last 36 months.

You will be asked to supply invoices, pay slips, bank statements, statements of service and more. You also need to make sure you supply at photos of your Joinery work including photos of the machines and tools that you work with.

Down Under Centre Agency Service £600 + VAT

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Joiner skills assessment is also required for your Australian visa. The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you with the gathering of your documentation for your Australian qualification. The Down Under Centre will also be able to advise how many years of work experience will be required to give you maximum points for your Australian visa. Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.

2. Technical Interview for Joiner skills assessment Australia $2,000

The final part of your Joiner skills assessment is an online technical interview.

You will speak with an Australian Qualified Joiner who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in Joinery. Your assessor will discuss your application with you and your everyday working life as a Joiner. It is therefore important that your application has been completed correctly. If the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary joinery skills to work in Australia as a qualified Joiner you will be required to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your cost. This is uncommon, but can happen. The Down Under Centre has never had a Joiner that has needed a site visit. The assessors are extremely professional and understand that you may be nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a friendly manner. The key is to relax and remember the assessors are tradespeople too!

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Duties of Joiners in Australia

Joiners in Australia are kept very busy due to the housing demand currently in Australia. There is a demand for Joiners as Australia has a growing economy and an ageing population meaning the workforce is drying up. Australian Joiners need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate III in Joinery.

Joiners in Australia complete tasks for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. It’s common for Joiners in Australia to work on a building site but they spend most of their working time in a workshop. Joiners cut, shape and fit timber components usually in a workshop. They make kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, doors, windows, staircases and balustrading and other timber products to scope for installation.

Joiners migrating to Australia would be required to complete the following tasks:

Set up, use and maintain static workshop machines. Develop, read and interpret joinery shop drawings. Shape and manufacture joinery components and pieces. Maintain and sharpen tools. Order and select timbers and materials and prepare layouts. Work to a safe standard. Erect framework and roof framing, lay sub-flooring and floorboards and verify trueness of structures. Use joinery hand tools and explosive tools. Nail fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fit exterior wall cladding and door and window frames. Construct concrete formwork.​​

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Joiner jobs in Australia

Joiners are paid between $30 and $35 per hour. Joiners usually have an option of working Saturdays and over time. Some Joiners are required for site work but many employers are looking for Joinery sprayers and fitters to prepare timber work for installation.

The DUC Employment Hub is a tool that connects migrants, including Joiners, to employers in Australia as well as providing you with a relocation hub to make your journey to Australia smoother. Jobs are being posted every day. Joinery employers in Australia hire our qualified Joiners who are migrating to Australia via our Employment Hub.

Location: Sydney, NSW (Employer Sponsorship available)
Looking to sponsor a joinery installer, high bespoke joinery, solid timber/veneer and polyurethane. Kitchens, laundries, wardrobes, desks, tv units, all unique items.
• Joinery installer – $70k-$80k depending on experience
• Joinery factory worker – $65k-$75k depending on experience
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Location: Brisbane, QLD (Employer Sponsorship available)
Salary: $33.09 + Super + EBA conditions
Assembling and installing counters, shopfronts, showcases, workstations and internal fittings for shops, commercial buildings, kitchens/kitchenettes. Retail, commercial & hospitality fit-outs. Get in contact with our Relocation Consultant, Leigh Chadwick at

Joiners emigrating to Australia FAQs

A Joiner in Australia is someone who works in workshop, bench joinery, making doors, windows, cabinets, set up, use and maintain static workshop machines.

A Carpenter in Australia does 1st fix 2nd fix, roof trusses, more onsite work then a Joiner. If you do both of these tasks and float between what Australia deem as a Joiner and a Carpenter you could complete the Carpenter and Joiner skills assessment.

I would check our free Australian points visa calculator or speak to one of our skilled team as the skills assessment gained will determine what occupation you come under when you apply for an Australian skilled visa.

The Australian Joiner skills assessment has 2 mandatory stages that need to be completed. You need to prove to our assessor you have the necessary skills as a Joiner.

The first stage, documentary assessment is paper based, proving you are a Joiner though payslips, detailed CV, references, videos, photos, and qualifications.

The second stage is a technical interview with an Australian qualified Joiner who is also a qualified trainer and assessor,. This is a relaxed chat over Skype or Zoom where you have a one to one with our Australian Joiner Assessors.  

No its not mandatory. You are required to either hold your completed apprenticeship papers as a Joiner (Please note these qualifications could fall under carpentry or other wood related names) and 3 years of paid work experience pre or post qualification. So, if you are from the UK hold an NVQ3 as a Joiner or Bench Joiner you would only require the 3 years of paid work experience.

If you have no NVQ3, you are required to have a minimum of 5 years paid work experience completing Joinery tasks. It is common for clients to be assessed without holding any formal training or qualification so we use your 5 years of paid work experience as a Joiner for proof.

The Joiner skills assessment Australia is required so you the migrant can apply for a visa to Australia. This is the way Australian Immigration can gauge if you are in fact a Joiner under the Australian guidelines.

Many Joiners want to migrate to Australia and without the Joinery skills assessment delivered by an approved assessing body, Australian immigration have no way in checking a migrant has the necessary skills. To emigrate to Australia as a Joiner you will need to complete the Joiner skills assessment for a skilled visa.

Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) is an approved TRA assessing body. They have an office in the Down Under Centre and can be contacted on +44 (0) 203 780 2437.

We know exactly what is required for the Australian Joiner skills assessment and offer an Agency service to assist with that skills assessment. The DUC Agency Fee is £550 + VAT.

What’s included in that Agency Fee?

You will receive a unique login to the DUC Client Portal which explains everything you need to provide, giving templates and precise details on what to gather and how to gather it. For many this is the hardest part of the process but is key to a successful application; we know what is required because the DUC Skills Team work closely with the assessing body. We have been part of the Joiner skills assessment process for 8+ years. The DUC Skills Team will lodge your application and liaise with the assessing body.

Telephone assistance Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm – and even out-of-hours by arrangement. We have staff specifically dedicated to working with Joiners, so you’ll always be working with the same person. 

As a DUC client you also have access to our exclusive Facebook Group where you can get expert help from other DUC Joiners who can give you an insight into the content of the technical interview.  You can chat with other DUC clients, who may be at different stages of the process, for their guidance on the English test, skills process and the practicalities of moving to Australia.  The DUC Visa Team post relevant updates as they happen.

We will also provide information on the various English tests available, the various scoring systems and even provide a 10% discount code for the PTE Pearson Academic test.

You, will receive FREE access to the DUC Employment Hub (and your partner, if applicable) – a tool that connects migrants to employers and provides invaluable assistance with your relocation.  You will receive a 1-hour consultation with a relocation expert who has migrated themselves. This consultation will introduce you to our service provider partners who can save you money on your move. See how the DUC EH works.

The Down Under Centre work with the assessing body for Joiners looking to immigrate to Australia. We are very proud to be working with a TRA skills assessment provider, have many years’ experience with clients, the perfect software and plenty of staff to hold your hand throughout the Joinery skills assessment process.

Migrating to Australia as a Joiner has its challenges and you, the migrant, will have plenty of questions, we will know the answers and be available through working hours to answer any of your questions. As the occupation is classed as a Joiner we can work you through what skill set is required for a successful skills assessment as a Joiner. The Down Under Centre know what needs to be done and you can carry on working as a Joiner while we give you a detailed list of what is required for the Joinery skills assessment for Australia.

Your TRA Australian Joiner skills assessment is valid for 3 years from the date the skills assessment was issued. This means you need to have your invitation to apply for your visa before the 3 years is up.

Your Australian certificate III in joinery has no expiry date.

Getting a job as a Joiner in Australia. There is lots of work in Australia for Joiners. Australia is huge in the building and manufacturing of timber products. Some of our employers are looking for wood machinists with plenty of Joinery experience and working on static machinery.

The Down Under Centre works with many Australian Joinery employers who take on our English speaking skilled migrants via our DUC Employment Hub. The employers have no hesitation hiring our Australian qualified Joiners moving to Australia. Our Employment Hub will also teach you how to prepare Joiners for their move to Australia. You will also receive a Skype consultation with one of our relocation team in Australia.

At successful completion of your Australian Joiner skills assessment you will receive your TRA skills assessment letter required for a skilled visa to Australia and you will also receive your Australian certificate III as a Joiner.

Your Australian certificate III will help when looking for work as a Joiner in Australia.

Joiners looking to migrate to Australia need to be between 18 and 45 years old.

Joiners between 25-32 years old generate the maximum points for age towards their Australian visa application. Complete our free visa points calculator to confirm your points.

Also if you are under 31 years old you can look into the Working Holiday Visa.

Yes, you can. Complete our free visa points calculator and we’ll contact you to determine your eligibility for migrating to Australia and explain the Australian visa process.

We have clients all over the world who are emigrating to Australia as a Joiner.

If you have a passport from the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA or New Zealand you automatically add 5 points to your partner’s Australia visa application. If you completed the Joiner skills assessment for Australia (and are under 45 years of age) this would add 10 points. 

Not only do you get extra points for an Australian skilled visa you will arrive in Australia with your Australian certificate III in Joinery. This is huge as employers want you to hold the necessary qualification so they can insure you as Joiners in Australia use plenty of machinery and tools that can cause harm. Australia is big on health and safety!

Applying for an Australian skills assessment as a Joiner to migrate to Australia does not necessarily require a qualification; this is dependent upon the country of your passport. 

The Down Under Centre has access to Australia’s Country Education Profiles. This can confirm if your qualifications will be recognised so you can complete your skills assessment and obtain a visa to work in Australia as a Joiner. If you don’t hold any qualifications you can still move forward with your Australian Joiner skills assessment if you can provide 5 years of paid work experience.

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