Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

EMPLOYED

322,800

PART-TIME SHARE

29.0%

FEMALE SHARE

32.0%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$1,099

MEDIAN AGE

52

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is a small employing industry. Around 2.2% 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

    Employment in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry fell over the 20 years to May 2024.
    The number of workers grew by 7,400 (or 2.4%) over the last year.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: Over the COVID-19 pandemic period (highlighted section in the chart above), some industries have censored values, resulting in a broken series for impacted industries. This is due to large quarterly fluctuations in employment resulting in trend data being unreliable for these quarters. Where data are available over the COVID-19 pandemic period, JSA recommends caution when using these trend estimates.
    Quarterly employment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Employment
    364200
    360800
    357800
    355200
    352900
    351000
    349400
    348100
    347100
    346400
    345900
    345700
    345600
    345700
    345900
    346100
    346300
    346400
    346400
    346200
    345600
    344800
    343600
    342000
    340000
    337700
    335000
    332200
    329200
    326300
    323500
    320900
    318600
    316400
    314600
    313100
    312100
    311500
    311300
    311300
    311400
    311700
    312100
    312500
    313100
    313700
    314600
    315500
    316600
    317800
    319200
    320700
    322400
    324000
    325600
    327100
    328400
    329400
    330200
    330800
    331000
    331100
    330800
    330400
    329600
    328500
    327000
    325200
    323200
    321100
    319100
    317300
    315900
    314900
    314500
    314700
    315400
    316600
    318300
    320400
    322800

    Sectors

    Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming is the largest sector in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry, employing 122,900 workers.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: the sum of sectoral employment may not equal the industry total as data are trended separately, and “not further defined” (nfd) classifications have been excluded.
    Employment by industry sectors Employment
    Sheep, Beef Cattle and Grain Farming 122900
    Fruit and Tree Nut Growing 30100
    Agriculture and Fishing Support Services 26900
    Dairy Cattle Farming 15800
    Mushroom and Vegetable Growing 15700
    Other Livestock Farming 12700
    Nursery and Floriculture Production 12000
    Poultry Farming 8300
    Other Crop Growing 7800
    Forestry and Logging 5400
    Aquaculture 5100
    Fishing 3700
    Forestry Support Services 3300
    Hunting and Trapping 800
    Deer Farming 200

    Occupations

    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, 2023, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    1213Livestock Farmers
    1212Crop Farmers
    1214Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
    8415Livestock Farm Workers
    8412Crop Farm Workers
    7211Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators
    5512Bookkeepers
    8321Packers
    8414Garden and Nursery Labourers
    8992Deck and Fishing Hands

    Industry data

    This file contains data for all 19 industries to make comparing industry data easy. Information available includes:

    • industry overview
    • industry employment (20-year time series)
    • industry sector employment
    • top employing occupations by industry.

     

    Industry Data - May 2024.xlsx

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