Garden Labourers assist in cultivating and maintaining gardens.

Specialisations: Lawn Mower.

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

Tasks

  • Loading, unloading and moving garden supplies and equipment.
  • Preparing garden sites and plots using hand tools and machines.
  • Assisting with planting and transplanting flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns.
  • Maintaining gardens by watering, weeding and mowing lawns.
  • Cleaning gardens and removing rubbish.
  • Assisting with propagating, planting and potting seeds, bulbs and cuttings.
  • Tending plants by hand watering and weeding.
  • Adjusting mist irrigation systems, shade and ventilation.

More about Garden and Nursery Labourers

All Garden and Nursery Labourers

  • $1,084 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Garden Labourers

  • 19,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Garden Labourers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 20,500 in 2011 to 19,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Garden Labourers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% 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)
Administrative and Support Services51.6
Construction15.2
Public Administration and Safety13.1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.5
Other Industries15.6

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.
StateGarden LabourersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.531.6
VIC19.225.6
QLD26.120.0
SA6.57.0
WA13.210.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.91.0
ACT0.91.9

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 BracketGarden LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.5-5.05.0
20-2410.4-9.39.3
25-3416.7-22.922.9
35-4419.0-22.022.0
45-5422.8-21.621.6
55-5910.8-9.09.0
60-648.6-6.06.0
65 and Over6.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationGarden LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.6-21.121.1
Year 1221.0-18.118.1
Year 117.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below30.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Garden Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in horticulture 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.
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Employers look for Garden and Nursery Labourers who are hardworking, have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    42% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    41% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    39% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Biology

    38% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Demands

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

  1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    100% Important

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

  2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    95% Important

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

  3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    95% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

  4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    91% Important

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

  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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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-3011.00 - Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers.

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