Livestock Farm Workers perform routine tasks in livestock, egg and wool production.

    You can work as a Livestock Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in agriculture might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock
    • providing livestock with feed and water
    • assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock
    • mustering and droving livestock to milking and shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available
    • washing and cleaning udders, and attaching milking machines to udders and milking cows
    • collecting eggs and placing in incubators
    • herding sheep for shearing and keeping mobs separate during shearing
    • spreading fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales
    • exercising horses by walking, riding, leading and swimming, and attending to horses at track work, barrier trials and races
    • cleaning stables and hatcheries, storing bedding and performing minor repairs on fixtures, buildings and fences
    • assembling, preparing and storing horse gear

    All Livestock Farm Workers

    • $1,040 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 28,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 37% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Livestock Farm Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 28,200 in 2018 to 26,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 20,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Livestock Farm Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Arts and Recreation Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,040 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, 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 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (30%).
    • Gender: 37% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200830400
    200932000
    201034900
    201132000
    201230600
    201325500
    201432200.0
    201533800
    201629400
    201733200
    201828200
    202326600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsLivestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10401460

    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 Fishing78.3
    Arts and Recreation Services9.6
    Manufacturing5.7
    Wholesale Trade1.8
    Other Industries4.6

    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.
    StateLivestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.931.6
    VIC25.125.6
    QLD21.920.0
    SA9.07.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS3.82.0
    NT1.71.0
    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 BracketLivestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1912.2-5.05.0
    20-2418.1-9.39.3
    25-3421.1-22.922.9
    35-4414.3-22.022.0
    45-5415.1-21.621.6
    55-596.9-9.09.0
    60-645.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLivestock Farm WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV22.9-21.121.1
    Year 1222.8-18.118.1
    Year 118.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Livestock Farm Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in agriculture might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence

    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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Livestock Farm Workers who are trustworthy, responsible and have an enthusiastic attitude.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      90% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      87% Important

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

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      86% Important

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

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      83% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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