5 Ways to Tell Your Dad Is a Fair Dinkum Tradie

September 1, 2019


On the Job


Pauline Morrissey

He may wear daggy shorts, drive a run-down ute, and have his plumber's crack on full display from time to time — but there's no denying that there's something truly endearing about an Aussie tradie dad.

For example, he doesn't take himself too seriously, and he may just serve up some of the best jokes in town — or, at least he may just think he does (remember, they're called dad jokes for a reason).

For the sake of Father's Day, we've listed five telling signs that your dad is a tradie — and a loveable one at that!

1. "He has a fluro vest for every occasion" — Todd. G

High-vis tradie safety gear
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It's possible to spot a tradie dad from a mile away, all thanks to the trusty high vis attire that he'll likely be wearing.

Facebook user, Paul C, goes as far as saying "wearing a hi-vis and boots to dinner" is not uncommon in his household, while Mick M states that a "sock tan and a beer at the end of the day" are both significant signs of a tradie dad.

And be it heading home, or heading to the pub after work for a quick feed, the high vis is likely to remain.

One time, an Irish pub in Sydney's swanky suburb, Paddington, even tried to ban hi-vis clothing from their premises, and further proving that the love between a tradie and his fluro attire is real, the local tradies fought back telling The Daily Telegraph that this was “un-Australian," stating that "the pub is where everyone is equal."

“It’s like the old saying, ‘You don’t judge a man by the cut of his jib.” — Kevin Keegan

2. He has more than a handful of unfinished home projects

We once asked our readers what are some telling signs that you live with a tradie, and one answer that we received time and time again is that they often have a multitude of unfinished jobs around the house.

"There's always about 15 unfinished projects," says Facebook user, Cheyne N. And truth be told, even if your Dad’s not a tradie, they will still have attempted half a dozen projects around the house — all at various stages of completeness and of questionable quality. Bless their hearts.

3. The signs are all around

At the end of the day, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out whether or not your dad is a fair dinkum tradie. Just look around your house and you’ll likely see that there are telling signs, literally, everywhere.

Facebook user, Callan H, says one of the signs is that the “bathroom is always covered in grease,” while Daniel H shares that “after using the washing machine, the tub is full of screws.”

For Zac F however, things sound particularly inconvenient, noting that your dad is obviously a tradie when “it's the third time you've driven over a loose screw in the driveway this year.”

4. He can’t help but point out all the houses he’s worked on

Father and son in car
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Hard-working tradies are doing a solid job throughout Australia, so much so that they have a lot to be proud about. But that pride can often lead them to pointing out their good work — over and over again.

Take this Facebook post for example, where many people tagged their tradie dads in the comments, with one named Nathan R, commenting back saying "100% guilty."

But save your sympathy for another Facebook user named, Troy M, who mentioned that this dad worked on high-rises all over Australia, so even when his family went on holidays interstate, they couldn't get away from it. "He also worked on Parliament House, so we never heard the end of that either."

5. The dad jokes are never ending

Dad jokes are notoriously unfunny — filled with painful puns and captain-obvious observations. And while most Aussie dads have their signature unoriginal joke, tradies tend to have some dad jokes that are a special type of corny.

On a previous post, we asked people to share their best construction-themed dad jokes, and the answers we received were just as expected. Here are a couple of them below, and just because it's Father's Day, we’ll let them think they’re funny.

"I've got a great construction joke but I'm not going to tell it. I want to Build the suspense." — James S

"I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I got home, all the signs were there." — David M

Pauline Morrissey

Pauline has worked in-house at Smith's Lawyers and has written for publications such as Domain, Real Living, Traveller, Time Out, Sitchu, and Houzz.