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Summary of occupation

Handypersons carry out repairs and maintenance of their clients' homes or workplaces. They undertake a range of maintenance duties, such as clearing gutters, repairing broken fixtures or fittings, painting and plastering, fitting, maintaining or repairing irrigation systems, replacing light bulbs, repairing or replacing ceiling or exhaust fans and filters, cleaning smoke detectors and erecting shelving units or other built-in furniture. They may also carry out gardening duties such as weeding, digging, planting and pruning. Handypersons work all over the State, however, most are employed in Western Australia's cities and larger towns.

ANZSCO description: Cleans, paints, repairs and maintains buildings, grounds and facilities.
Alternative names:
Specialisations: Hotel Useful, Hotel Yardperson
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A handyperson needs:

  • good communication skills
  • self-motivation and persistence
  • practical and manual skills
  • a methodical approach to their work
  • problem solving skills
  • physical fitness, strength and stamina.
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Working conditions

Handypersons work mostly outdoors, but may also undertake maintenance duties indoors. They work in and around the homes and workplaces of their clients. They usually work for themselves, or may be employed by a larger firm with a number of employees. They usually travel locally to attend jobs. They undertake a large amount of manual labour and may be required to stand for significant periods of time, or to undertake heavy lifting. They usually work long hours, which may involve early mornings and late afternoons. Because they may work for themselves, their workload corresponds with the demand for their services.

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Salary details

On average, handypersons can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week, ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on their level of experience, and whether they work for themselves, for a franchise or a larger organisation. As a handyperson develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase. 

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Tools and technologies

Handypersons use a range of hand tools including screwdrivers, saws, spanners, paintbrushes, and hammers. They also use gardening equipment, such as shovels, rakes, lawnmowers and leafblowers. They use power tools including drills, power saws, chainsaws and sanders. They also use ladders, wheelbarrows and trolleys. Handypersons may be required to drive a utility vehicle, truck or van. They may be required to wear safety equipment such as goggles, gloves or boots, depending on the work they are undertaking.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a handyperson without any formal qualifications.
Experience and skills in a range of building, construction and maintenance-related trades would be an advantage. A current driver's licence is usually necessary.​

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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