Life on the land

22 March, 2022


Farm work

Working as a farm worker in Australia is a great job for those who love to spend their time outdoors.

Australia has a strong global agricultural presence. We export more products than we import. As a result, there are many diverse job opportunities.

Australian agricultural products are of high quality and are in high demand. This means that there is also a demand for farm workers in our agricultural sector.

What does a farm worker do?

The tasks and duties of a farm worker will vary depending on where you’re working. You may be working on a livestock farm or crop farm.

Work on a livestock farm may include:

  • feeding livestock
  • mustering livestock and
  • pasture rotation.

Work on a crop farm may include:

  • cultivating soil
  • sowing and harvesting crops.

All farm workers, regardless of the kind of farm you work on, can expect to:

  • maintain fencing
  • operate machinery
  • drive utes and tractors and
  • help to manage irrigation.

A job working on a farm may be exciting for those who love the outdoors, but it can also be tough work. Farm workers will work in all weather conditions. They can often work long hours and they perform regular physical labour.

Every day on a farm is different and there are many opportunities to learn something new.

Education and career pathways

Farm worker jobs do not need formal qualifications. Although, there are several Vocational Education and Training (VET) options (External website, Opens in new window) available.

Achieving a Certificate II, III or IV, or a Diploma in Agriculture can help you get promoted. A certificate may help you to go from a farm worker to senior farm worker. Or even a farm production manager or agronomist (soil management and crop production). There are many possibilities.

Working as a farm worker is an opportunity to work in an essential Australian industry. While working on a farm you can also enjoy the amazing scenery this country has to offer. Further information is available on careers in Agriculture, Forestry and fishing to take your next step.

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