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Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management

The Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management industry extends across Australia, from regional and remote areas right into people’s backyards. It is a vital industry for Australia, with this sector accounting for over 90% of the domestic food supply. Changes in weather patterns, and movements towards more sustainable practices are shaping the Australian agricultural and related industries.

What does this industry cover?

Broadacre farming includes the farming of grains such as barley and maize, pulses such as mung and soy beans, sugar cane, rice, cotton, seeds and animal fodder.

Livestock farming includes but not limited to beef, dairy, sheep, poultry, goat, deer, pig and bees.

Conservation and Land Management includes landcare, botanic gardens, native flora and fauna, national parks and environment management

Horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture, turf and sports turf management, nursery, floriculture and production horticulture such as grape growing, fruit growing and nuts are also included in this industry.

Job hunting preparation

Working in this industry will mean that you will need skills to deal with climate change, biosecurity, and chemical application.

This industry will require more demanding job roles and consequently, high level skills will be required in understanding supply chains, relationship management and digital platforms.

Employers in this industry are looking for workers who are physically fit, hardworking, reliable and flexible.

Due to an aging workforce, there are current and ongoing shortages of workers. There are not enough skilled workers coming into the industry to meet current needs.

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Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium to large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to June 2019, commencements were: 6018

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 17/12/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to June 2019 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 17/12/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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