Tree Fallers fell trees in forests, and trim and saw them into logs.

Specialisations: Hardwood Faller, Softwood Faller.

You can work as a Tree Faller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in harvesting and haulage, agriculture, or rural operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Fells and de-barks non-productive trees and thins young plantations.
  • Removes major branches and tree tops, trims branches and saws trunks into logs.
  • Assists with loading and transporting logs.
  • Plans the felling of trees and determines the natural and intended fall of each tree.
  • Clears surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling.
  • Operates and maintains manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs.

More about Forestry and Logging Workers

All Forestry and Logging Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Tree Fallers

  • 600 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Tree Fallers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 730 in 2011 to 600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Tree Fallers work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Administrative and Support Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Fishing59.0
Administrative and Support Services20.8
Manufacturing5.7
Retail Trade3.5
Other Industries11.0

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.
StateTree FallersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.831.6
VIC21.125.6
QLD18.820.0
SA7.17.0
WA7.210.8
TAS16.42.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.71.9

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 BracketTree FallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.7-5.05.0
20-2411.4-9.39.3
25-3423.5-22.922.9
35-4420.5-22.022.0
45-5420.7-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationTree FallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.6-21.121.1
Year 1214.8-18.118.1
Year 116.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below45.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Tree Faller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in harvesting and haulage, agriculture, or rural operations might be helpful.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Tree Faller.

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 Forest and Wood Products Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Forestry and Logging Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    39% Skill level

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

  3. Education and Training

    29% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and Management

    28% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    27% Skill level

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

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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. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    99% Important

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

  3. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    98% Important

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

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

    97% Important

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

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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