Sugar Cane Growers manage planting, cultivating and harvesting activities to grow sugar cane.

    You can work as a Sugar Cane Grower without formal qualifications, however, crop production experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Co-ordinates production and marketing of sugar cane, from soil preparation to harvest taking into account environmental and market factors.
    • Plants seeds and seedlings and grafts new varieties to root stocks.
    • Maintains crop production by cultivating and maintains optimal growing conditions.
    • Organises and conducts farming operations, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce, as well as organising the sale, purchase and dispatch of produce.
    • Directs and oversees general farming activities, such as fertilising and pest and weed control.
    • Maintains farm buildings, fences, equipment and water supply systems.
    • Maintains and evaluates records of farming activities, monitors market activity and plans crop preparation and production, to meet contract requirements and market demands.
    • Manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management.
    • May select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

    All Crop Farmers

    • $1,788 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Sugar Cane Growers

    • 3,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 58 hours Average full-time
    • 59 years Average age
    • 19% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sugar Cane Growers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 3,700 in 2011 to 3,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Sugar Cane Growers work in Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 58 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 59 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (84%).
    • Gender: 19% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing97.1
    Manufacturing1.5
    Accommodation and Food Services0.3
    Other Services0.2
    Other Industries0.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSugar Cane GrowersAll Jobs Average
    NSW7.731.6
    VIC0.425.6
    QLD91.620.0
    SA0.07.0
    WA0.110.8
    TAS0.12.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSugar Cane GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-240.7-9.39.3
    25-344.1-22.922.9
    35-4411.1-22.022.0
    45-5421.6-21.621.6
    55-5914.3-9.09.0
    60-6414.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over33.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSugar Cane GrowersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.4-21.121.1
    Year 1212.3-18.118.1
    Year 113.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below51.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Sugar Cane Grower without formal qualifications, however, crop production experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with The Australian Cane Farmers Association may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Crop Farmers who can communicate and connect well with others and who are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Food production

      70% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    2. Administration and management

      70% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Production and processing

      69% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Economics and accounting

      65% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Unstructured work

      99% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      98% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      96% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      94% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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