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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Industry overview

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry is mainly engaged in growing crops, raising animals, growing and harvesting timber, and harvesting fish and other animals from farms or their natural habitats. The industry covers both production and support services to production.

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing provided $8.6 billion to Victoria’s output in 2011–12, representing 3 per cent of the total.
  • Over the next five years this is forecast to grow by almost $1.7 billion or 21 per cent.
  • The sector employs approximately 79,400 people, with expected employment growth of 20 per cent over the five years to 2016–17, with the largest growth in Agriculture and related Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Support Services.

Training snapshot

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing related courses accounted for around 9,800 government subsidised enrolments in 2012. TAFE fee-for-service provision in the sector was over 4,200 enrolments.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships grew by 28 per cent to approximately 2,200 government subsidised enrolments between 2011 and 2012.
  • Seven per cent of government subsidised enrolments related to specialised or in–shortage occupations. 
  • There were 43 training providers delivering government subsidised training related to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector in 2012. TAFEs provided 65 per cent of government subsidised enrolments in 2012. Private Registered Training Organisations’ (RTOs) share of government subsidised vocational training increased from 29 per cent to 33 per cent of all enrolments between 2011 and 2012.
  • The largest number of course enrolments by occupation include:

Main training packages

Code Name
ACM10 Animal Care and Management
AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
FPI11 Forest and Forest Products

    Occupations with skills in demand

    We anticipate that the following occupations will have good employment prospects in the near future as they are experiencing shortages, are already a large occupation group or are anticipating strong growth from 2012-2017.

Occupations with shortages

Largest employing occupations

In 2012, the top five employing occupations in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry accounted for 70 per cent of all employment within the industry. They are:

Occupations anticipating strongest growth (2012 to 2017)

Over the next five years (2012 - 2017), the following occupations are forecast for the strongest growth:

  • Crop Farmer
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  • Crop Farm Worker
  • Livestock Farm Worker

Skills and training market publications

Market intelligence

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For more information on training market trends see: Victorian Training Market Quarterly Reports

For more information on occupations, courses and the Victorian Training Guarantee, see: Victorian Skills Gateway

Key contacts

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing resides within Portfolio A. Key contacts for Portfolio A can be found at: Industry Skills Portfolio Teams.