Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Farm Workers perform routine tasks on grain, oilseed protein, or pasture farms, such as cultivating and fertilising soil, and planting and irrigating crops. They may spray chemicals on crops to treat diseases and pests.

    You can work as a Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Plants seeds, seedlings, roots, bulbs, vines and other plants using hand tools and farm machines.
    • Builds trellises for climbing vegetables and vines.
    • Operates farm machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest vegetables and other field crops.
    • Sprays plants, crops and pastures with chemicals to control weed growth, insects, fungus growth and diseases.
    • Thins, weeds and hoes row crops and vines.
    • Irrigates land for crop growth.
    • Selects and harvests crops according to size and ripeness, and discards rotting and over-ripened produce.
    • Grades, sorts, bunches and packs produce into containers and loads onto trucks.

    All Crop Farm Workers

    • $948 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Grain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm Workers

    • 1,600 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Grain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Grain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm Workers work in Western Australia and South Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 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: 13% 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)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing94.8
    Wholesale Trade1.7
    Manufacturing1.4
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.1
    Other Industries1.0

    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.
    StateGrain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.631.6
    VIC18.825.6
    QLD13.820.0
    SA17.77.0
    WA21.910.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.21.0
    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 BracketGrain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.8-5.05.0
    20-2414.3-9.39.3
    25-3422.1-22.922.9
    35-4416.2-22.022.0
    45-5416.9-21.621.6
    55-597.9-9.09.0
    60-646.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationGrain, Oilseed and Pasture Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.1-21.121.1
    Year 1222.1-18.118.1
    Year 118.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below31.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    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.

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    Employers look for Crop Farm Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Food Production

      39% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      36% Skill level

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

    3. Production and Processing

      34% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      31% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      26% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      99% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

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

      92% Important

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

    3. Exposed to Contaminants

      90% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      89% Important

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

    5. 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.)

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