Sugar Mill Workers operate machines and perform routine tasks to extract juice from sugar cane to make granular sugar and molasses.

    You can work as a Sugar Mill Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in sugar milling support or industry operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Weighs, measures, and processes ingredients.
    • 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 programs.
    • Regulates speed of conveyors and crusher rollers, and adjusts tension of rollers to ensure total extraction of juice from sugar cane.
    • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
    • Packages products.

    All Food and Drink Factory Workers

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

    Sugar Mill Workers

    • 870 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sugar Mill Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 920 in 2011 to 870 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Sugar Mill Workers work in Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 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 (61%).
    • Gender: 5% 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)
    Manufacturing89.1
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6.9
    Wholesale Trade2.1
    Administrative and Support Services1.1
    Other Industries0.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on 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 Mill WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW8.731.6
    VIC2.725.6
    QLD88.520.0
    SA0.07.0
    WA0.010.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSugar Mill WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.6-5.05.0
    20-245.4-9.39.3
    25-3413.9-22.922.9
    35-4418.4-22.022.0
    45-5429.8-21.621.6
    55-5915.9-9.09.0
    60-6411.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 Mill WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV40.8-21.121.1
    Year 1215.0-18.118.1
    Year 116.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below32.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Sugar Mill Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in sugar milling support or industry operations 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 Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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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. Mechanical

      68% Skill level

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

    2. Production and Processing

      60% Skill level

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

    3. Public Safety and Security

      42% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      41% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Education and Training

      40% Skill level

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

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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

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      94% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      90% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    5. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      89% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

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