Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employment has fallen for much of the past 15 years. There was modest employment growth over the past five years, however, and this industry continues to provide jobs for more than 300,000 people, with the vast majority being in regional Australia.
A relatively small proportion of workers in this industry hold post-school qualifications. Many skills are learned on-the-job, but the Vocational Education and Training sector also contributes to this industry’s skills. The industry has a relatively old workforce (41% are aged 55 years or older) but seasonal work provides opportunities for people of all ages.
Self-employment is common in this industry.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employment is projected to fall marginally over the five years to May 2023.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections
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