Garden and Nursery Labourers perform a variety of routine tasks in propagating, cultivating and maintaining plants in gardens and horticultural nurseries.

    You can work as a Garden or Nursery Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture or another related field might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • loading, unloading and moving garden supplies and equipment
    • preparing garden sites and plots using hand tools and machines
    • assisting with planting and transplanting flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns
    • maintaining gardens by watering, weeding and mowing lawns
    • cleaning gardens and removing rubbish
    • assisting with propagating, planting and potting seeds, bulbs and cuttings
    • tending plants by hand watering and weeding
    • adjusting mist irrigation systems, shade and ventilation
    • harvesting and packaging plants for sale and transport

    More about Garden and Nursery Labourers

    All Garden and Nursery Labourers

    All Garden and Nursery Labourers

    • $1,084 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 32,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 18% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Garden and Nursery Labourers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 32,200 in 2018 to 32,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 25,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Garden and Nursery Labourers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,084 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 18% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200828800
    200931200
    201035000
    201138100
    201234000
    201329900
    201435500
    201534600
    201637800
    201735000
    201832200.0
    202332200.0

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsGarden and Nursery LabourersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10841460

    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)
    Administrative and Support Services40.6
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing17.8
    Construction12.2
    Public Administration and Safety10.5
    Other Industries18.9

    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.
    StateGarden and Nursery LabourersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.831.6
    VIC21.225.6
    QLD26.320.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA12.710.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT0.81.9

    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 BracketGarden and Nursery LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.6-5.05.0
    20-2410.8-9.39.3
    25-3417.1-22.922.9
    35-4419.3-22.022.0
    45-5422.7-21.621.6
    55-5910.6-9.09.0
    60-648.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationGarden and Nursery LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.9-21.121.1
    Year 1221.7-18.118.1
    Year 117.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Garden or Nursery Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture or another related field might be helpful.

    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.

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

    Employers look for Garden and Nursery Labourers who are hardworking, have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      38% Skill level

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

    2. Administration and management

      34% Skill level

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

    3. Food production

      32% Skill level

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

    4. Biology

      32% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    5. Education and training

      31% Skill level

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

    Occupational Information Network
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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, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend time standing

      94% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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

      85% Important

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

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      82% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Very hot or cold temperatures

      80% Important

      Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

    5. Walking and running

      80% Important

      Spend time walking and running.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers.

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