Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

This image shows that there were 324,500 people employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing as at November 2017, up 10.1% since November 2016 and 7.2% since November 2012. Employment is projected to fall by 0.8% over the five years to May 2022.
82% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
30% of workers are female (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
). 48% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 6 percentage points over 5 years).
27% of jobs are part-time (no change over 5 years).
The median age is 48 years (down 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Livestock Farmers 70,900 77,500
Crop Farmers 39,700 41,700
Crop Farm Workers 26,100 26,500
Livestock Farm Workers 23,700 27,700
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers 23,200 23,500

Employment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2016. The chart shows employment fell steadily over most of this period to 324,500 in November 2017.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employment has declined over the past 15 years but it continues to provide jobs for more than 300,000 workers, 82% of which are in regional Australia.

A relatively small proportion of workers in this industry hold post-school qualifications. Many skills are learned on the job, but the Vocational Education and Training sector also contributes to this industry’s skills. This is a relatively old workforce but seasonal work provides opportunities for people of all ages.

Employment in this industry is projected to fall over the 5 years to May 2022. A relatively large share of jobs involve routine manual tasks which are more susceptible to automation.

Educational attainment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 12%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 28%. Other qualification 8%. No post-school qualification 52%.

Age profile, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (%)

Shows the age profile of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce. 10% aged 15 to 24 years. 15% aged 25 to 34 years. 17% aged 35 to 44 years. 21% aged 45 to 54 years. 37% aged 55 years or older.

Did you know?
35% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workers are owner-managers, and a further 16% are working in a family business

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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