Forestry and Logging Workers perform routine tasks associated in cultivating and maintaining natural and plantation forests, and logging, felling and sawing trees. Tree Surgeons not included here, they are included under Gardeners.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
  • killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
  • collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
  • applying fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas
  • maintaining look-out for fires in forests
  • removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs
  • assisting with loading and transporting logs
  • planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
  • clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling
  • operating and maintaining manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs

Job Titles

  • Forestry Worker
  • Logging Assistant, or Logger
  • Tree Faller, or Tree Feller
  • Forestry Worker

    Assists with cultivating, maintaining and protecting forests. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Fire Lookout, Forestry Tree Pruner, Tree Planter

  • Logging Assistant, or Logger

    Assists with logging, felling and sawing of trees in forests.

    Specialisations: Sleeper Cutter

  • Tree Faller, or Tree Feller

    Fells trees in forests, and trims and saws them into logs. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Hardwood Faller, Softwood Faller

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 67.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.2 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 3.1% female Gender Share

The number of Forestry and Logging Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 1,500 in 2017 to 1,500 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Forestry and Logging Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria or Tasmania.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Administrative and Support Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (67.6%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20073800
20083300
20093800
20104700
20111700
20123800
20131200
20143900
20151300
20162600
20171500
20221500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing71.9
Administrative and Support Services7.6
Construction5.1
Wholesale Trade4.7
Other Industries10.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateForestry and Logging WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW17.831.6
VIC45.926.2
QLD15.319.7
SA3.06.7
WA10.810.8
TAS7.32.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketForestry and Logging WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2412.2-9.99.9
25-3432.7-23.623.6
35-446.8-21.721.7
45-5426.1-20.820.8
55-593.8-8.88.8
60-6414.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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Employers look for Forestry and Logging Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    79% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    56% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Production and Processing

    52% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Administration and Management

    49% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Transportation

    49% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    87% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    84% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    78% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

    77% Important

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    73% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-4022.00 - Logging Equipment Operators.

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