Study Cabinet Making

Industry Overview

The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia and is projected to grow by 2.4% in the next 5 years. It employs close to 1.2 million people and has the largest number of small businesses in Australia. Construction workers are employed in both residential and commercial sectors, and are involved in site preparation, building installation and structure services. The majority of workers in the sector are employed as carpenters and joiners, followed by construction managers and plumbers (Source: IBISWorld)

Course Overview

Cabinet makers fabricate or repair wooden furniture and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture. Studies in cabinet making will teach you how to hand make timber joints, operate drilling and sawing machines, produce production drawings, fabricate custom furniture, construct jogs and fixtures and much more.


Average weekly earnings:  $1,050 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (89%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 44 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 36 years. Many workers are under 25 years.

Gender: 2% workers are female


Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a certificate III in cabinet or furniture making. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Course Requirements

Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.


A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $12,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.

Career Outcomes and PR Prospects

Cabinet Maker

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