Farm Labour

What does a Farm Labourer do?

Farm Labourers cover a broad range of roles related to farm management and can be responsible for numerous tasks including tending to livestock, milking, planting, harvesting, packing & loading of crops.

What do I need to be good at?

Food and Fibre industries require you to be

  • Passionate and committed to your chosen industry
  • Willing to learn
  • Able to solve problems creatively
  • A good team worker
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Punctual
How much do I get paid?

Weekly wages range from apprenticeship wages of around $450 per week, to professional and experienced wages of an average of $1,500 per week.

Where can I get trained?

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At school

With a vocational Education and Training (VET) program in

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Conservation & Land management
  • Aboriculture

“No matter what subjects you choose – there is a link to a career in food and fibre.” Victorian Farmers Federation, 2014.


Or a private higher education provider where you don’t need an ATAR, and courses take between six months and two years.

At university where you can choose an undergraduate degree in:

  • Information Technology (many 21st Century agribusinesses rely on IT)
  • Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Environmental Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Genetics
Where can I get experience?

At school through your year 10 work experience program. Contact your school careers advisor, or ask a local agribusiness for some voluntary work.

Keep an eye on the Gippsland Volunteering website for other volunteering opportunities..

What can this job lead to?

Farm Labour workers can go on to careers in..

  • Research scientist
  • Rural Project Management
  • Finance
  • Export management
  • Transport and logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Communication Media
  • Government policy development
  • Environmental Parks and Land management
  • Supply Chain management
  • Occupational Health and safety
  • Agri-marketing
  • Agri production
  • International Trade Expert