Packers weigh, wrap, seal and label chocolate, fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other products.

    You can work as a Packer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • obtaining supplies of products and assembling bags, package folders and cartons
    • packing containers and bags with products, and counting, weighing and measuring amounts and adjusting quantities
    • wrapping protective material around products, sealing bags and containers, and attaching pre-printed labels
    • counting and placing bags and packages onto trays and racks, and into shipping cartons
    • recording information such as numbers, weight, times and dates
    • monitoring the filling of containers and adjusting machines to maintain volume and seal quality
    • monitoring the supply and quality of containers and contents of holding tanks
    • checking the cleanliness and operation of machines, equipment and containers

    All Packers

    • $908 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 64,800 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 55% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 59% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Packers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 64,800 in 2018 to 65,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 44,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 8,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Packers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $908 per week (lower than 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 (55%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 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: 59% 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
    200868500
    200973400
    201056000
    201159700
    201263400
    201354700
    201458400
    201568200
    201664400.0
    201761200
    201864800
    202365800

    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.
    EarningsPackersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9081460

    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)
    Manufacturing45.1
    Retail Trade13.1
    Administrative and Support Services11.4
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9.0
    Other Industries21.4

    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.
    StatePackersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.331.6
    VIC29.225.6
    QLD19.120.0
    SA9.97.0
    WA8.310.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 BracketPackersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.8-5.05.0
    20-2413.1-9.39.3
    25-3424.4-22.922.9
    35-4418.5-22.022.0
    45-5421.5-21.621.6
    55-599.0-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPackersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.0-21.121.1
    Year 1233.0-18.118.1
    Year 117.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Packer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • 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.

    Employers look for Packers who are reliable, hardworking and can work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      41% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      39% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      36% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. English Language

      33% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      28% Skill level

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

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    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. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      97% Important

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

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      88% Important

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

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      87% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment

      85% Important

      How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)

    5. Spend Time Standing

      85% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    Occupational Information Network
    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, 51-9111.00 - Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders.

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