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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employs approximately 293,100 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 2.4 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 9.7 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 49 years and median earnings are around $954 per week (before tax) for full time employees. For more detailed information on the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - Feb 17 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five years to Feb 17 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to Feb 17 (%)


Male Share of Employment - Year to Feb 17 (%)


Female Share of Employment - Year to Feb 17 (%)


Full Time Share of Employment - Year to Feb 17 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - Year to Feb 17


Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2015 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 (%)


Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is a four quarter average of original data; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Employment, 2016 employment projections, five years to November 2020.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2016)

Livestock Farmers


Crop Farmers


Livestock Farm Workers


Crop Farm Workers


Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers


Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators


Garden and Nursery Labourers






Deck and Fishing Hands


Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.

Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.