Deck and Fishing Hands maintain ships' equipment and structures, and catch fish, crustacea and molluscs.

    You can work as a Deck or Fishing Hand without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in maritime or fishing operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
    • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
    • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
    • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
    • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
    • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
    • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
    • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
    • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life
    • sorting, cleaning, preserving, stowing and refrigerating catch

    More about Deck and Fishing Hands

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 7,900 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 57 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Deck and Fishing Hands (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 7,900 in 2018 to 7,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Deck and Fishing Hands work in many parts of Australia. Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% 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
    20089900
    20096000
    201010400
    20118400
    20126900
    20138100
    20146100
    20157200
    201610000
    20178400
    20187900
    20237900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Fishing50.0
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing34.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.8
    Mining2.0
    Other Industries10.5

    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.
    StateDeck and Fishing HandsAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.531.6
    VIC8.825.6
    QLD24.920.0
    SA13.07.0
    WA19.110.8
    TAS8.32.0
    NT2.01.0
    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 BracketDeck and Fishing HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.7-5.05.0
    20-249.9-9.39.3
    25-3421.6-22.922.9
    35-4420.2-22.022.0
    45-5422.2-21.621.6
    55-599.8-9.09.0
    60-646.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationDeck and Fishing HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV32.5-21.121.1
    Year 1217.1-18.118.1
    Year 117.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below28.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Deck or Fishing Hand without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in maritime or fishing operations might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • first aid certificate

    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 Deck and Fishing Hands who are fit, reliable and willing to take direction.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Food Production

      60% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    2. Mechanical

      60% Skill level

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

    3. Transportation

      51% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    4. Geography

      46% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    5. Production and Processing

      44% Skill level

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

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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, 45-3011.00 - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers.

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    Demands

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

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      94% Important

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

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

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

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

      92% Important

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

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      90% Important

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

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      90% Important

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

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-3011.00 - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers.

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