Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

This image shows that there were 305,600 people employed in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry at November 2015, down 3.0% since 2014 and down 11.3% since 2010. 84% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry is projected to fall by 3.1% over the next 5 years.
305,600
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
3.0 since 2014
11.3 since 2010
Projected to decrease by 3.1% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Livestock Farmers 76,200 77,000
Crop Farmers 33,700 39,400
Livestock Farm Workers 26,700 31,700
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers 25,200 25,800
Crop Farm Workers 19,300 24,000

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is a small employing industry, with 3% of national employment, but it offers around 250,000 jobs in regional Australia (representing 84% of its workforce). The largest employing subsector is Agriculture, which has close to 90% of this industry’s jobs.

Employment in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing fell by 11.3% over the five years to November 2015, with nearly every subsector losing jobs. Despite the fall nationally, there was some growth in Victoria (up by 14,700 or 19.9%) and South Australia (6,900 or 21.2%). Further job losses are projected over the five years to November 2020 (down by 9,400 or 3.1%).

Consistent with the concentration of employment in Agriculture, half the workers in this industry are Farmers and Farm Managers.

The workforce profiles of this industry are quite different from the averages across all industries. Many of the skills are learned on-the-job and 50% of workers do not hold post-school qualifications. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce is also significantly older than the all industries average, with 58% of workers aged 45 years and over (compared with 39%). Youth (15 to 24 years) make up 9% of employment. Jobs are more likely to be full-time and workers are less likely to be female than the all industries averages.

Educational attainment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 15%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 29%. No post-school qualification 50%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.  15-24 years 9%. 25-34 years 14%. 35-44 years 19%. 45-54 years 20%. Aged 55 years and over 38%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections