Wool Handlers regulate the flow of sheep to be shorn, keep the shearing shed clean and tidy, and assist with wool clip preparation.

Also known as: Shearing Shed Hand or Shearing Shed Worker.

You can work as a Wool Handler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in wool handling might be helpful.

Tasks

  • 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

Wool Handlers

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 47% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Wool Handlers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Wool Handlers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (50%, 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 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (35%).
  • Gender: 47% 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 Fishing93.0
Wholesale Trade3.0
Manufacturing1.5
Construction0.6
Other Industries1.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateWool HandlersAll Jobs Average
NSW39.531.6
VIC18.225.6
QLD4.320.0
SA15.07.0
WA18.510.8
TAS4.52.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWool HandlersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1913.9-5.05.0
20-2420.7-9.39.3
25-3420.3-22.922.9
35-4413.6-22.022.0
45-5417.5-21.621.6
55-597.3-9.09.0
60-644.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationWool HandlersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.0-21.121.1
Year 1224.1-18.118.1
Year 1113.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below38.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Wool Handler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in wool handling might be helpful.

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