Sheep Farm Workers perform routine tasks on a sheep farm, such as herding sheep into pens in preparation for branding, shearing, crutching, dipping and yarding for sale.

Specialisations: Shepherd.

You can work as a Sheep Farm Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in agriculture might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Patrols, inspects and reports on the condition of sheep.
  • Provides sheep with feed and water.
  • Assists with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock.
  • Musters and drives sheep to shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available.
  • Herds sheep for shearing and keeps mobs separate during shearing.
  • Spreads fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales.

All Livestock Farm Workers

  • $1,040 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Sheep Farm Workers

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Sheep Farm Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 1,800 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Sheep Farm Workers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and South Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to 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). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
  • 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 Fishing94.6
Manufacturing2.1
Wholesale Trade1.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing0.6
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.
StateSheep Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.631.6
VIC22.725.6
QLD2.620.0
SA18.97.0
WA14.910.8
TAS4.32.0
NT0.01.0
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 BracketSheep Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1911.4-5.05.0
20-2416.0-9.39.3
25-3418.7-22.922.9
35-4412.9-22.022.0
45-5414.7-21.621.6
55-597.4-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over12.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationSheep Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV25.4-21.121.1
Year 1221.1-18.118.1
Year 119.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Sheep Farm Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in agriculture 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.
  • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Knowledge

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  1. Administration and Management

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    40% Skill level

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

  4. Production and Processing

    40% Skill level

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

  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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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

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  2. Exposed to Contaminants

    90% Important

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  3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    87% Important

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  4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    86% Important

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  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    83% Important

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