Vineyard Workers perform routine tasks on vineyards, such as cultivating and fertilising soil, planting, training and pruning vines, and picking grapes.

    You can work as a Vineyard Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in production horticulture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Plants vines and other plants using hand tools and farm machines.
    • Builds trellises for climbing vines.
    • Operates farm machines to cultivate, fertilise, spray and harvest grapes.
    • Sprays vines and other plants with chemicals to control weed growth, insects, fungus growth and diseases.
    • Prunes vines.
    • Irrigates land for crop growth.
    • Selects and picks grapes according to size and ripeness, and discards rotting and over-ripened produce.
    • Grades, sorts, bunches and packs produce into containers.
    • Loads filled grape containers onto trucks.

    All Crop Farm Workers

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

    Vineyard Workers

    • 3,800 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Vineyard Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 4,500 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Vineyard Workers work in South Australia and Tasmania.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 23% 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 Fishing58.9
    Manufacturing35.6
    Administrative and Support Services2.3
    Retail Trade0.8
    Other Industries2.4

    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.
    StateVineyard WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW10.931.6
    VIC20.525.6
    QLD2.320.0
    SA44.27.0
    WA14.110.8
    TAS8.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.11.9

    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 BracketVineyard WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.0-5.05.0
    20-248.4-9.39.3
    25-3417.6-22.922.9
    35-4417.1-22.022.0
    45-5421.4-21.621.6
    55-5912.5-9.09.0
    60-6410.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationVineyard WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree7.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.8-21.121.1
    Year 1221.1-18.118.1
    Year 1111.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below35.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Vineyard Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in production horticulture might be helpful.

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    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.
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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

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    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

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