Migrate to Australia as a

Visas & Skills Assessment

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Automotive Electrician




Cable Jointer


Carpenter and Joiner



Diesel Mechanic


Electronics Tradesperson

Fibrous Plasterer


Floor and Wall Tiler






Lift Mechanic


Metal Fabricator

Metal Machinist

Motor Mechanic

Painter and Decorator

Panel Beater


Sheet Metal Worker

Solid Plasterer

Telecoms Engineer

Vehicle Painter


Emigrate to Australia as a Bricklayer
(ANZSCO: 331111)

Australia has a critical shortage of Bricklayers. If you are a qualified Bricklayer aged under 45 then you are eligible to migrate to Australia provided you can score 65 points and have a positive Skills Assessment.

How to Migrate to Australia as a Bricklayer

  • Be aged under 45
  • Score 65 Australian Immigration Points
  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment from Vetasses
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Bricklayer ANZSCO Code


The ANZSCO code for Bricklayer is ANZSCO 331111


If you are a Stonemason then your ANZSCO code is 331112 and your migration application will be under the overall Bricklayer category.


Alternative titles in this immigration category are:



Arch Builder

Chimney Builder

Refractory Bricklayer

Retort Setter (Bricklaying)



Australia Visas for Bricklayers


Bricklayer is on the MLTSSL and is eligible for the sublclass 189, 190 and 491 visa.


Criteria for Bricklayers to Migrate to Australia


You need to meet the following criteria:


Score 65 Points


Bricklayers migrating to Australia need to score at least 65 Immigration points. Points are awarded for age, experience, qualifications, education, English language skills and time spent in Australia.


Take this Free Visa Points Calculator for your score.



Skills Assessment


Bricklayers are required to complete a Skills Assessment through Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).


English Language


Good English skills are vital for work, so you may need to take a test like IELTS. UK and USA Passport holders are exempt.


Health and Character


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Bricklayer Skills Assessment


Bricklayers migrating to Australia are required to complete a skills assessment through VETASSESS.


The Bricklayer skills assessment process is broken up into two stages.


Stage 1


Migration Consultant LLC will work with you to prepare the necessary documentation for lodgement with VETASSESS, who will review your training and employment evidence to ensure that you have either:


  • 5 years employment experience as a Bricklayer with no formal training OR
  • 3 years employment experience as a Bricklayer with relevant formal training


You will need to provide your qualification certificates as proof of formal training, and your employment evidence must include at least 12 months in the last 3 years.


Evidence may include documents such as wage slips, bank statements and employment references. Migration Consultant LLC will advise you about what exactly is required and prepare these in readiness for assessment.


Bricklayer Skill Requirements for Assessment


You will be expected to be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following 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 organize your bricklaying work.
  • Do you communicate well with others in the workplace?
  • Do you carry out measurements and calculations?




Stage 2


This involves a technical interview with a VETASSESS Assessor via Skype.


The technical interview takes approximately 2 hours, with the Assessor asking you a range of questions about the skills and knowledge necessary to work in your trade in Australia.


These questions are based on the units listed on the trade Fact Sheet, which Migration Consultant provides you with.


The technical interview will take place in either Edinburgh, London or Manchester and following a successful assessment, VETASSESS will issue you with:


  • Skills Assessment Outcome letter,
  • AQF Level 3 Bricklayer qualification



What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Australia as a Bricklayer?

Eligibility requirements include being aged under 45, scoring 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points Score, having the required skills, qualifications, and meeting health and character checks.

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Bricklayers in Australia?

The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) is a popular choice for Bricklayers who want to immigrate to Australia independently without the need for sponsorship by an Australian employer.

The Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is another attractive option for Bricklayers seeking to immigrate to Australia. Unlike the subclass 189 visa the subclass 190 requires Bricklayers to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

How do I get my Bricklayer skills assessed for Australian immigration purposes

The Australian assessing authority for Bricklayers is Vetassess. They are responsible for evaluating your qualifications, experience and skills to ensure they meet Australian standards. For Bricklayers, the assessment includes a review of your practical experience and any relevant certifications you hold.

Can I apply for permanent residency as a Bricklayer in Australia?

Yes, the 189 and 190 visa subclass grants Permanent Residency to holders right from the start. The PR rights and privileges awarded to you also apply to your spouse / partner and any dependents.

What are the processing times for skilled migration visas for Bricklayers?

Expect the whole process to take between 7 and 16 months from absolute start of the visa process to the absolute end.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as a Bricklayer?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Bricklayer in Australia?

The best places to search for Bricklayer jobs in Australia include major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. These cities have a great construction and lots of opportunities.

Suburban and rural areas are also excellent options for Bricklayers migrating to Australia because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance. Smaller communities may have a demand for skilled Bricklayers in residential construction and artisan woodworking.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Bricklayer jobs in Australia?

Yes, you can use job search websites like Seek (www.seek.com.au) and Indeed (www.indeed.com.au).

These platforms  list Bricklayer positions across Australia.

Additionally, as a Migration Consultant LLC client you have access to our dedicated Bricklayer recruitment service for new migrants to Australia.

Do I need a Job Offer to move to Australia as a Bricklayer?

No, if your occupation is Bricklayer then you can emigrate to Australia without needing a Job Offer because Bricklayer is on the MLTSSL.

Does Australia Need Bricklayers to Emigrate?

Yes! Bricklayer is on the MLTSSL Skilled Occupations List which means that 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.

Current States Sponsoring 190 Visas to Emigrate to Australia as a Bricklayer 331111

  • New South Wales
  • Western Australia
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territories


On a subclass 189 Visa Bricklayers do not need to be sponsored by a state.

What specialist questions will the Skills Assessment Ask?

The Bricklaying Skills Assessor may ask you the following 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?

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.You will then be ready to submit your Expression of Interest.

What is the average salary for Bricklayers in Australia?

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $130 per hour in New South Wales.

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $125 per hour in Queensland.

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $115 per hour in Western Australia.

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $103 per hour in the Northern Territory.

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $110 per hour in South Australia.

The average salary for bricklayer is approximately $98 per hour in Tasmania.