Brewery Workers operate machines and perform routine tasks to make beer, and package, store and despatch beer in bottles, cans and kegs.

    You can work as a Brewery Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in brewing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Weighs, measures, mixes, and processes ingredients.
    • Adds materials, such as spices and preservatives.
    • Operates processing plant.
    • Monitors product quality before packaging by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary.
    • Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes.
    • Regulates speed of processing machinery.
    • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
    • Packages and bottles products.

    All Food and Drink Factory Workers

    • $1,208 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Brewery Workers

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Brewery Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,000 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Brewery Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Manufacturing industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% 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)
    Manufacturing90.6
    Accommodation and Food Services3.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.4
    Wholesale Trade1.1
    Other Industries2.2

    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.
    StateBrewery WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.331.6
    VIC25.325.6
    QLD23.120.0
    SA11.87.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS5.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.51.9

    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 BracketBrewery WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.2-5.05.0
    20-245.5-9.39.3
    25-3428.2-22.922.9
    35-4424.6-22.022.0
    45-5425.0-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-644.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBrewery WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree21.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV20.9-21.121.1
    Year 1222.1-18.118.1
    Year 115.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Brewery Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in brewing might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • forklift licence

    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 Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      59% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      54% Skill level

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

    3. Education and training

      46% Skill level

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

    4. Chemistry

      44% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. Mathematics

      42% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      98% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Exposure to contaminants

      93% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      91% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      87% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      85% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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