Logging Assistants assist with logging, felling and sawing of trees in forests.

Specialisations: Sleeper Cutter.

You can work as a Logging Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in harvesting and haulage might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Removes major branches and tree tops, trims branches and saws trunks into logs.
  • Assists with loading and transporting logs.
  • Plans the felling of trees and determines the natural and intended fall of each tree.
  • Clears surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling.
  • Operates and maintains manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs.

More about Forestry and Logging Workers

All Forestry and Logging Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Logging Assistants

  • 230 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 52 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Logging Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 330 in 2011 to 230 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Logging Assistants work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 52 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Fishing71.0
Manufacturing12.0
Construction4.1
Wholesale Trade2.8
Other Industries10.1

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.
StateLogging AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.031.6
VIC22.725.6
QLD20.120.0
SA8.37.0
WA4.810.8
TAS17.92.0
NT2.21.0
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 BracketLogging AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-247.7-9.39.3
25-3416.6-22.922.9
35-4417.0-22.022.0
45-5430.6-21.621.6
55-5911.1-9.09.0
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over8.5-4.24.2

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 QualificationLogging AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.6-21.121.1
Year 1212.1-18.118.1
Year 1110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below43.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Logging Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in harvesting and haulage might be helpful.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Logging Assistant.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • chainsaw safety certificate
  • 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 Forest and Wood Products Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Forestry and Logging Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    39% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    29% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    28% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    27% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    99% Important

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

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Dangerous equipment

    98% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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