Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crews load and unload baggage, direct planes, position staircases, fill aircraft fuel tanks and perform other aircraft ground services to ensure aircraft operations run efficiently.

Specialisations: Ramp Agent.

You can work as an Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in aviation (ground operations) might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Sorts baggage.
  • Drives baggage and freight to aircraft on forklifts and transport trolleys.
  • Helps position loading ramps and staircases.
  • Loads items into aircraft as per instructions, including livestock.
  • Fills aircraft fuel tanks.
  • Unloads aircrafts of freight and baggage.
  • Directs planes to parking positions.
  • Directs passengers.
  • Cleans aircraft.

All Other Mobile Plant Operators

  • $1,375 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crews

  • 5,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crews (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 5,000 in 2011 to 5,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Aircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground Crews work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 13% 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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing90.3
Public Administration and Safety2.8
Administrative and Support Services2.4
Manufacturing1.7
Other Industries2.8

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.
StateAircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground CrewsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.931.6
VIC20.325.6
QLD23.520.0
SA5.27.0
WA13.110.8
TAS1.52.0
NT2.21.0
ACT1.01.9

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 BracketAircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground CrewsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.3-5.05.0
20-2414.3-9.39.3
25-3424.9-22.922.9
35-4421.9-22.022.0
45-5422.3-21.621.6
55-597.8-9.09.0
60-644.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationAircraft Baggage Handlers and Airline Ground CrewsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.0-21.121.1
Year 1235.4-18.118.1
Year 116.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below14.2-12.512.5

You can work as an Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in aviation (ground operations) might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • airport security clearance
  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • drug and alcohol test
  • medical test

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    80% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    63% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. English language

    62% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Transportation

    62% Skill level

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-1011.00 - Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    98% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-1011.00 - Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors.

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