Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is a small employing industry. Around 2.1% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Businesses in this industry are mainly involved in activities like:

  • growing crops
  • raising animals
  • growing and harvesting timber
  • harvesting fish and other animals from farms or their natural habitats

A large share of the workforce is employed in regional Australia.

Median earnings are $1,099 per week, lower than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry fell over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers fell by 6,600 (or 2.1%) over the last year.



    Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming is the largest sector in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry, employing 124,700 workers.



    Livestock Farmers is the largest employing occupation in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    1213Livestock Farmers
    1212Crop Farmers
    1214Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
    8412Crop Farm Workers
    8415Livestock Farm Workers
    7211Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators
    8416Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers
    8419Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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