A furniture finisher applies finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polishes and waxes finished furniture surfaces. In Australia a furniture finisher is a Skill Level 3 occupation.
Furniture Finisher Occupation Lists
This occupation is on the following skill lists:
This occupation is not on the following skills list:
The job of a furniture finisher in Australia is to set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, finish and polish furniture, and make picture frames and frame paintings, photographs and other artwork.
Most occupations in the furniture finisher unit group (Group 3942) have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Occupations within the Furniture Finisher Group
Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same furniture finisher group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.
Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.
The average salary for a Furniture Finisher in Australia is $ 53,310 per year. Average Age: Males: Females: Persons: 46.5
Source: www.abs.gov.au (Group 3942) Wood machinists and other wood trades workers - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016
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