The Seafood Industry covers all commercial activities conducted in or from Australia concerned with harvesting, farming, culturing, processing, storing, transporting, marketing or selling fish and seafood and/or fish and seafood products.

What does this industry cover?

  • Aquaculture (offshore and onshore)
  • Fishing (commercial)
  • Seafood processing
  • Seafood sales and distribution – including wholesale and retail.

Industry Information

The industry includes more than 7,186 commercial businesses, which employ between 10,000 and 15,000 people and nearly per cent of these businesses focus on fishing. More than 60 per cent of commercial businesses are non-employing operations, and over 30 per cent employ fewer than 20 people. Small businesses generally sell to local markets.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 155

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

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

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 medium to 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.

Key Occupations

Leading Hand - Aquaculture

Leading Hand - Seafood Processing

Equipment and Facilities Officer - Aquaculture

Stock Production & Harvesting Officer - Aquaculture

Senior Seafood Salesperson

This industry is positioned in the following groups


Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Type

Nature & Recreation

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The Seafood Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathways Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research

Information - Industry

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.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 


  • Seafood Industry Australia
  • Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries
  • Australian Prawn Farmers Association
  • Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association
  • Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Inc
  • Oysters Australia
  • Pearl Producers Association
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority