Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

This image shows that there were 327,300 people employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing as at November 2018, up 5.2% since November 2013. Employment is projected to fall by 0.4% over the five years to May 2023.
82% of jobs are regional. 10% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 54% of workers are self-employed. 13% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 30% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 8% of workers hold an other qualification. 49% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

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.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Annual employment growth (%)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Livestock Farmers 78,700 80,800
Crop Farmers 38,100 38,400
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers 30,600 33,300
Livestock Farm Workers 28,400 38,500
Crop Farm Workers 21,200 22,600
Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators 12,500 15,400
Bookkeepers 8,100 100,900
Truck Drivers 5,000 199,400
Packers 4,600 67,600
Deck and Fishing Hands 4,300 7,500
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers 3,900 4,400
Accounting Clerks 3,200 131,700
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 3,100 10,000
General Clerks 3,100 281,800
Garden and Nursery Labourers 3,100 31,800
Gardeners 3,000 69,400
Shearers 2,900 2,900
Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers 2,600 17,500
Other Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers 2,400 19,600
Office Managers 2,200 150,700

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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