Careers in the Primary Industry
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The Primary Industries offer young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become skilled in a wide range of jobs. There are jobs to suit everyone’s taste, with opportunities in both regional and urban areas. The industry today is fast paced, modern and provides for an exciting workplace. Cutting edge, scientific and technological advancements have led to successes on the international stage. The industry is responsible for putting food on our tables and clothes on our backs; it provides profitable and challenging careers, and a lifestyle second to none. There are job opportunities for everyone in the Primary Industries - in the office or the laboratory, outdoors in the forest or the paddock and even on the sea there is something for you! From Microbiologist to Administrator, from Deck Hand to Jackaroo, from Veterinary Nurse to Conservationist, the range of jobs is almost endless. Sectors of the Primary Industries in Western Australia are currently facing a major skills shortage. The industries need young and enthusiastic people, capable of playing an important role in developing Australia’s future. This Guide is designed to provide helpful information on training and employment opportunities to anyone with an interest in agriculture, horticulture, animal care, conservation and land management, forestry and the seafood industry. The booklet aims to cover essential areas such as tips on looking for employment in the industry, training pathways, university options, as well as useful contacts and websites. We hope that we are able to provide you with some helpful information to make your decision to enter the industry an easy one. Congratulations on taking the first step and we hope you enjoy a successful future working in one of the many diverse and exciting sectors that the Primary Industries in WA have to offer.

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ruralskills.Contents Order and Feedback Form Animal Care Amenity Horticulture Irrigation Aquaculture Conservation and Land Management Dairy Industry Farming Rural Employment Agencies Pork Industry Poultry Industry Production Horticulture Rural Merchandising Seafood Industry Shearing Industry Station (Pastoral Industry) Careers Forest and Timber Products Veterinary Nursing Wine & Grape Growing (Viticulture) Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships) Registered Training Providers Colleges of Agriculture in WA Universities Structured Workplace Learning (School Based Training) TAFE and Group Training Companies Additional Industry Employment Websites Career Information Websites Government Financial Assistance Wages Information Industry Pathways Seasonal Employment Chart Superannuation Page 1 Page 4 Page 8 Page 12 Page 15 Page 18 Page 22 Page 26 Pages 30-31 Page 32 Page 36 Page 40 Page 43 Page 47 Page 50 Page 53 Page 57 Page 61 Page 65 Page 69 Page 73 Page 76 Page 78 Page 81 Page 81 Page 82 Page 84 Page 87 Page 87 Pages 88-93 Page 94 Back cover For further information.com. visit the Rural Skills Australia website at www. 3 .org.wapitc.au or the Western Australian Primary Industries Training Council website at www.

possibly.g. you will love a career in Animal Care. Animal Control and Regulation (e.g. 2.g. The websites listed on Page 8 will provide you with information on rural careers involving animal care.au/apprenticentre and click on the Job Board link for information about employment opportunities in the industry. catteries and pet shops).wa.gov.det. Captive Animals (e.g.jobsearch. Look up the employment and/or the training and education sections of your local newspaper or visit the newspaper’s website. zoos and wildlife parks). associated occupations. Animal Care jobs are highly competitive and there are usually a large number of applicants for job vacancies. breeding and laboratories) and Veterinary Nursing (see Page 6) Employment may involve a wide range of duties including the feeding. Many potential animal care employees enter the industry by gaining hands-on work experience. Should you wish to study Veterinary Nursing.Animal Care If you enjoy working with animals.edu. have a look at other. Check out the Department of Education and Training website at www.  . If you enjoy working with larger animals. in local government).au for career information and current employment opportunities. How to Enter the Animal Care Industry 1. Animal Technology (e. including. Visit the Australian JobSearch website at www. it could be advantageous to have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies. as this is included in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. There are several well defined sectors in the industry. kennels. grooming and hygiene maintenance of animals and. Check out the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website at 4. 3. providing information and advice to the public about products and services. Companion Animals (e.

8. that can assist you in finding employment. etc. 5 .www. 7.au/apprenticentre. such as the Job Network. This is particularly relevant in this industry as many fulltime positions are taken by part-time or work experience employees. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. a Registered Training Organisation. Animal Boarding Kennels. You will also find details of the location and contact details of your nearest Apprenticeship Centre.edu. Look up likely employers in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume. 6.wa. look up the employer listings under Local Government. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships The Department of Education and Training has a list of all the traineeships available in Animal Care.australianapprenticeships. For example. Consider the following entry-level training options.gov.au for information about apprenticeships as well as contact details of other agencies. See Page 69 for more general information on traineeships. You will find full details on their website at www. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. Click on the Primary tab in the Traineeship Opportunities section of the website.det. Animal Welfare Organisations and Pet Shops. Applied Vocational Training.appvoc. delivers Animal Care training and often advertises job vacancies on it’s website at www.com. 5.

Applied Vocational Training. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. You can confirm this by contacting your local Centrelink office. a Registered Training Organisation.appvoc. School The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an approved School Based Traineeship. Also. See their website at www. Visit the www. most TAFE colleges have information officers who can provide you with course information. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study.com.net website for further information or talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.wa.ntis.edu. You may start your training in animal studies as a VET in Schools student under Structured Workplace Learning (see Page 8). Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available at newsagents) or visit the TAFEWA website at www. although the course may involve work experience. or 800 999 67 for country callers. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries.TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Animal Care is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college.getactiv8ed. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. The more industry experience you have. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry.au for course and other information. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture 6 .tafe.gov.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. delivers Animal Care training. check out the Animal Care and Management Pathways guide on Page 86 of this booklet.

and many more. Careers include Laboratory Technician. Veterinary Research.and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Animal Care. later in life. This training may be beneficial for students wishing to enter into further training in Animal Care occupations. Quarantine Services. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Private Veterinary Practices. Veterinary or associated industries by gaining a tertiary qualification. 7 . horticulture and related areas. Disease Control Units. For further information on courses related to this area of study.

au for career information and current employment opportunities.au for information about apprenticeships and contact details of other agencies. How to Enter Amenity Horticulture 1. Floriculture. You may also further your studies at TAFE or university.Amenity Horticulture A career in Amenity Horticulture involves maintaining plants and planted areas. Check out the Department of Education and Training website at www. check out the 8 4. Check out the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website at www. 5. For example. partly as a consequence of increased residential and commercial construction. Landscaping and Turf Management are two sectors of the industry experiencing strong growth. You will also find contact details of your nearest Apprenticeship Centre. work in the industry as an apprentice or trainee.australianapprenticeships. that can assist you in finding employment. Look up the employment and/or the training and education sections of your local newspaper or visit the newspaper’s website. Visit the Australian JobSearch website at www. or as a Nursery Worker. Gardening. and applying treatments to enhance plant growth and control pests. Horticultural tradespersons may specialise in Arboriculture. 2.wa. You can choose to work in the industry full-time. . or look for casual or seasonal employment.au/apprenticentre and click on the Job Board link for information about possible employment opportunities in the industry.gov. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.gov. Landscaping.edu.det.jobsearch. Look up likely employers in the Yellow Pages and approach the relevant businesses with your resume. 3. complete some accredited training. Turf Management. 6. constructing horticulture features. such as the Job Network.

employer listings under Local Government. Garden Centres and Landscapers. Consider the following entry level training options Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) The following traineeships and apprenticeships are available: Qualification Arboriculture (level 2) Arboriculture (level 3) Arboriculture (level ) Floriculture (level 2) Floriculture (level 3) Floriculture (level ) Landscape (level 2) Landscape (level 3) Landscape (level ) Horticulture (level 2) Horticulture (level 3) Horticulture (level ) Parks & Gardens (level 2) Parks & Gardens (level 3) Parks & Gardens (level ) Retail Nursery (level 2) Retail Nursery (level ) Turf (level 2) Turf (level 3) Turf (level ) Wholesale Nursery (level 2) Wholesale Nursery (level ) 9                Traineeship         Apprenticeship . 7.

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in the occupations listed in the table on the previous page. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation which may be a TAFE college or a Private Training Provider. See Page 73 for a list of training providers. For details of how to sign up as a trainee in Amenity Horticulture see Page 69.

Apprenticeships
You can complete an apprenticeship in Nursery, Landscape Gardening, Turf Management and Gardening. An Apprenticeship involves fulltime employment as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation. The main difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that an apprenticeship takes longer to complete and, on completion, you are awarded with a trade qualification. For information on Apprenticeships see Page 69.

TAFE or Private Training Providers
Another option in gaining a qualification in Amenity Horticulture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study, although the course may involve work experience. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry, check out the Amenity Horticulture Pathways guide on Page 88 of this booklet. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance Payments while you study. Contact your local Centrelink office for advice on this matter. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available from newsagents) for information about full-time courses, or go online at www.tafe.wa.edu.au. Information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers is available on the same website. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500, or 800 999 67 for country callers. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.ntis. gov.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. 

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School
You may start your training in the Horticulture Industry whilst still at school, as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Horticulture or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school, visit the www.getactiv8ed.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). The more industry experience you have, the better your chances of gaining employment.

Agricultural Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture, horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers, later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in amenity horticulture or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. For further information on courses related to this area of study, it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. 

Irrigation
There is a wide range of interesting and varied career opportunities available in the Irrigation Industry. After a period of training and work experience you may pursue a career as irrigation contractor, installer, designer, manufacturer, consultant or retailer. The Irrigation Industry is involved with the artificial application of water to the land for the purpose of sustaining plant and animal life whether that be in a city or rural environment. One of the major environmental concerns in Australia, the driest inhabited continent in the world, is the scarcity of water. The Irrigation Industry plays an important role in the design, application and maintenance of sound water use systems and practices to help accommodate this problem. Personnel working in the industry are required to have a sound knowledge of sustainable irrigation practices, have the necessary skill to inform and advise the community about system design, the availability and appropriate use of the different forms of irrigation equipment and be able to apply this knowledge in a practical sense in the workplace. A career in the Irrigation Industry offers the opportunity for a challenging and interesting lifestyle that can provide employment opportunities in urban, regional and remote regions of Western Australia.

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Look up the Yellow Pages and approach the relevant businesses with your resume. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships. The Job Network can help you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through this site. Look in the employment section of the “West Australian” or any other local newspaper and/or visit the newspaper’s website. Check out the Irrigation Association website at www.irrigation.org.au for more information about the industry. Consider the following entry level training options. 2

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au for a list of all training organisations and courses. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in the Irrigation Industry see Page 67. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500 or 800 999 67 (for country callers).Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Irrigation. You will be paid by an employer while training on the job. 3 and  in Irrigation. You employer may look at receiving Commonwealth Government Incentives and Payroll Tax Exemptions for taking you on – for more information contact your local Australian Apprenticentre Centre on 3 38 73 or visit http://www. Traineeships are designed to be prominently on the job training. There are currently three traineeships in Irrigation available in WA. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study. 3 .australianapprenticeships. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available from newsagents) to find out more about full time courses. These qualifications are all nationally recognized. or visit the TAFEWA website at www. Each traineeship has a nominal training term of 2 months for full time and 8 months for part time. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. Cert 2.wa. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance Payments from Centrelink. Details of part time courses and the contact details of college information officers are available on this website.gov.tafe.gov. See Page 7 for a list of training providers.edu.au. This may be a TAFE or possibly a Private Training Provider.ntis. although the course may involve work experience.au TAFE or Private Training Provider Another option in gaining a qualification in the Irrigation Industry is to study with a TAFE college.

Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 7). Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries.  . horticulture and related areas. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Irrigation or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. For further information about courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 76. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II level course.School You may start your training in the Irrigation Industry whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 69). The more industry experience you have the better your chance may be of gaining employment. For more information contact the Department of Education and Training or your School VET Coordinator. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. Some enter tertiary studies directly from school while others identify and pursue a different career later in life. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 79). All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture.

They are also responsible for the day to day administration of the business.gov. recreational and scientific purposes. 5.jobsearch. 1.Aquaculture Aquaculture is the term used for the farming and husbandry of aquatic plants and animals for commercial. 2. How to Enter the Aquaculture Industry. Your local office can be accessed through this site. 3. Look in the employment section of the “West Australian” or any other local newspaper and/or visit the newspaper’s website. including product marketing. Aquaculture Technicians usually work under the supervision of a qualified Aquaculture Farmer. Look up the Yellow Pages and approach the relevant businesses with your resume. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. Have a look at www. Consider the entry level training options on the following page. and an increasing number of positions in overseas locations such as Asia. Technicians undertake the many tasks and processes involved in the cultivation of freshwater and marine life and the care of their environment. interstate. Job opportunities are also very limited in this new and emerging industry. Opportunities for employment may exist in regional areas of WA. where the breeding takes place. 4. grow-out ponds and floating fish cages. design and operation of hatcheries.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships. Entry to the Certificate and Diploma qualifications in Aquaculture is highly competitive with limited places offered each year. Aquaculture farmers are involved in all aspects of the planning. staff management and the control of the business finances. The Job Network can help you find employment. 5 .

See Page 73 for a list of training providers. or 800 999 67 for country callers or visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website at www. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where 6 . TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Aquaculture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. Details of part-time courses and contact details of college information officers are available on this website. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance Payments from Centrelink. or visit the TAFEWA website at www. School You may start your training in the Aquaculture Industry whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. check out the Seafood Pathways guide on Page 93 of this booklet. although the course may involve work experience.au. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a registered training organisation that delivers traineeships. For more information about traineeships and details of how to sign up as a trainee in aquaculture see Page 69. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available from newsagents) to find out about full-time courses.wa.tafe. gov. Other options include ringing the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. This may be a TAFE or Private Training Provider.ntis.au for a list of all training organisations and courses.edu.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Aquaculture.

public aquaria or aquaculture farms. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. the better your chances of gaining employment. horticulture and related areas. Career possibilities may include working in seafoodprocessing companies. tertiary institutions. 7 . It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8) as the more industry experience you have. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. government departments. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. For further information on courses related to this area of study. later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Aquaculture or allied industries by gaining a university qualification. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). For more information contact the Department of Education and Training or talk to your School VET Coordinator. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people.you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Aquaculture.

gov. How to Enter Conservation and Land Management 1.thewest. There are no specific educational requirements to enter into Conservation and Land Management. or complete a degree in Natural Resource Management or Environmental Science. Training is usually given on the job. attend TAFE.wa. Check out any other local newspapers. Land care workers are employed by State. There are exciting careers available in cities and rural areas in Conservation and Land Management.calm. look in the WA Government employment opportunities section. simply work in the industry. Have a look in the ‘West Australian’ job vacancies section. For more detailed information visit the Department’s website at www. 8 . private organisations and mining companies. 3. particularly the Saturday edition. The Department of Conservation and Land Management is responsible for employing qualified people in a number of areas. It is worth keeping in mind that competition for work can be very high with a great deal of work currently being undertaken by volunteers. Territory and Local Governments. au. You can enter this occupation through a Traineeship.au. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.com. Go online at www. although there are a number of courses that may assist you in gaining employment.Conservation and Land Management Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important. 2. Also.

5.greencorps. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Conservation and Land Management.environmentaljobs.au. water and natural resource management field in Australia and New Zealand. 9 .gov. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships.wa.gov. Your local office can be accessed through this site.com.com.com.calm.au NRM Jobs is a weekly email bulletin which advertises job vacancies and other opportunities in the environment. 8.au Have a look at www.nrmjobs. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. Consider the following entry level training options.au where you will find information about employment opportunities as well as traineeships. 6. Checkout the following websites: www. The Job Network can help you find employment.au www.au www. Contact your Local Government Authority to see if they employ bush regenerators to manage their natural areas. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Conservation and Land Management see Page 69.com. 7.jobsearch. Undertake some work experience in the industry.4. This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. Another good website which provides a similar service is www. Have a look at the website www. There are a number of volunteer programs available that will increase your chances of gaining employment.conservationvolunteers.

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500.gov. Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. check out the Conservation and Land Management Pathways guide on Page 90 of this booklet. although the course may involve work experience. visit the www. For details of part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available from newsagents) for information about full-time courses.wa.TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Conservation and Land Management is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College.edu. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study.au for a list of all training organisations and courses School You may start your training in Conservation and Land Management whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. 20 . the better your chances of gaining employment. so you may find it difficult to find an employer.ntis. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management. talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. tafe. take into consideration that many Conservation positions are voluntary. For more information. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. or 800 999 67 for country callers.au. However.getactiv8ed. net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). or online at www. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. The more industry experience you have.

Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. by gaining a university qualification. Engineer/Scientist in Natural Resources. For further information on courses related to this area of study. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. later in life. Landcare Co-ordinator and many more. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Conservation and Land Management area. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Research & Development Officer. or associated industries. 2 .Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Careers include an Environmental Project Manager. horticulture and related areas.

produces more litres of milk than cows in the other states. The value of exports is almost $78 million. The largest concentration of dairy farms is found within a 200km radius of Bunbury The Western Australian dairy industry contributes more than $9.750 employees on farms and in manufacturing jobs. The WA dairy sector employs about 2.Dairy Industry The Australian Dairy Industry is Australia’s largest processed Food Industry and ranks in the top four of the nation’s rural industries with a farmgate value of over $4. The WA herd is recognised as being the highest producing herd in the country as each cow. Australia is one of the world’s leading exporters of dairy products. Major employers are the four processors. on average. 22 . WA dairy farmers are among the most efficient in the nation. The Dairy Industry in WA is mainly concentrated around the South West region and comprises a mix of irrigated and dryland farms. running larger operations than the national average. Whilst the industry is small by national standards. accounting for around % of world dairy trade.6 million per annum (GDP) to the state economy.4 billion.

You can gain on-the-job experience in the dairy industry as a Farm Hand and progress your way to a Herd Manager or Farm Manager. They have a vast number of rural employment opportunities. There are employment opportunities for full-time and part-time workers and there is also a high demand for relief milkers on weekends. 23 . Your local office can be accessed through this site. or to check for job vacancies. contact the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) on 300 0NCDEA (62332) or visit their website at www.au) that explores the vast number of careers and opportunities associated within the dairy industry such as cheese makers.au. milk processors etc. The Countryman and Farm Weekly. Look in the two rural newspapers. To increase your employment prospects for full-time work. distributed to Dairy Farmers and others in and around the industry.) Have a look at www.com. The main agencies are PGA Personnel (08) 979 5. plant technicians. There is an excellent website (www. Challenge Dairy.dairy.gov.au. 5. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most newsagents. it could be useful to participate in work experience to learn some basics skills. 2. where you will find out about employment opportunities and information on traineeships.ncdea.Fonterra. 4. You can also call Western Dairy Inc on (08) 9525 9222 for more information. National Foods and Harvey Fresh. The Job Network can help you find employment. How to Enter the Dairy Industry 1. Farmwest is a monthly publication. 3. To obtain a copy of this publication call (08) 9791 8496.edu. For information about potential training in the Dairy Industry.jobsearch. (See the advertisements on Pages 30 & 3 for more details. Rural Enterprises (08) 9398 8016 and RANZA (08) 9888 4017. This is a good publication for you to advertise in the ‘Employment Wanted’ section. There are several Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that specialise in placing people into Dairy vacancies.

You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments. distributors etc. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500.au. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture (Dairy) see Page 69. or online at www.6. you will need to have access to a Dairy Farm to complete the practical components (this may be an option if you are not eligible to complete a Traineeship). truck drivers. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a Traineeship in Agriculture (Dairy). This may be one of the TAFE Colleges or a Private Training Provider listed on Page 73.edu. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.ntis. stock agents. 7.wa.au for a list of all training organisations and courses.tafe. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) for information about full-time courses. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study.gov. Consider the following entry-level training options. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture (Dairy) is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. However. but you will need to talk to your local Centrelink office about this matter. 2 . or 800 999 67 for country callers. The website also provides details of part-time courses and contact details of college information officers. A Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training at a Registered Training Organisation that delivers Traineeships. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 9 of this booklet.

Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Professional Artificial Inseminator. Some enter tertiary studies straight from school while others come to the industry from other careers. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Dairy or allied industries by gaining a university qualification.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. Careers include an Agricultural Scientist. 25 . For further information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. visit the www. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77).getactiv8ed. The more industry experience you have. horticulture and related areas. the better your chances of gaining employment. Environmental Health Officer and many more. later in life. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. Herd Manager. Animal Nutritionist. (See Page 7) or as a VET student.School You may start your training in Agriculture (Dairy) whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations.

Farming
Farm Hands generally assist farmers and graziers with growing crops and raising animals, plus general farm work. If you enjoy living in the bush and working in the great outdoors, then this is the career for you. There is currently a huge shortage of skilled farm workers for both seasonal and full-time employment. You may wish to work seasonally during peak periods such as harvesting, seeding, shearing, and lamb marking, or gain full-time employment in the industry. You may work on a farm, complete a Traineeship, attend TAFE or even progress your studies with a Diploma or Degree qualification to further your career at a Management level. Experience may not be necessary to enter into the industry, as long as you have the correct attitude and willingness to learn the skill.

How to Start Your Career in Farming
1. There are three Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that specialise in placing people into work on farms. They are PGA Personnel (08) 979 5, Rural Enterprises (08) 9398 806 and RANZA (08) 9888 4017 (see the advertisements on Pages 30 & 31 for more details.) Look in the employment section of your local newspapers or visit their websites. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships. The “Harvest Trail” website, which can be accessed from this webpage, contains seasonal employment opportunities on farms across Australia. Also, check out the Seasonal Employment Chart on page 9 for details of the location and types of jobs available in WA. The Job Network can help you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through this site. 26

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Look in the two rural newspapers, The Countryman and Farm Weekly, which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most Newsagents. They have a vast number of Rural Employment opportunities Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry, Truck Drivers, Stock Agents, Rural Merchants etc. Consider the following entry level training options.

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Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in General Agriculture, or one that specialises, for example, in Beef/Cattle Production or Sheep and Wool. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in Agriculture see Page 69.

TAFE or Private Training Providers
Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study. However, you will need to have access to a farm to complete the practical components (this may be an option if you are not eligible to complete a traineeship). For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry, check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 92 of this booklet. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments. Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) for information about full-time courses, or 27

online at www.tafe.wa.edu.au. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers, look on the same website. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500, or 800 999 67 for country callers. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training organisations and courses

School
You may start your training in Agriculture whilst still at school, as a School Based Trainee (See Page 7), or as a VET student. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school, visit the www.getactiv8ed.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). The more industry experience you have, the better your chances will be of gaining employment.

Agricultural Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture, horticulture and related areas. 28

Career possibilities include Rural Consultant. Research & Development Roles and many more.Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. later in life. Rural Finance Officer. Stock and Station Agent. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Farming or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. For further information on courses related to this area of study. Farm Manager. 29 .

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au Web: www.ruralenterprises. Thinking of traveling abroad on a Working Holiday? We may be able to assist with placement into a position before you leave.com.au 3 . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON YOUR FUTURE IN AGRICULTURE CONTACT: TOM WILSON OR BEV CARSTAIRS PH: (08) 9398 8016 Fax: (08) 9398 8017 Email: tom@ruralenterprises.Rural Enterprises specialises in Agricultural Personnel AUSTRALIAWIDE WORLDWIDE SEASONAL PLACEMENTS PERMANENT PLACEMENTS EXTENSIVE INDUCTION TRAINING WORKSAFE CONSCIOUS We can assist you to find the most suitable and challenging positions for your future in Agriculture. both within Australia and Overseas.com.

There are also the service industries such as Animal Health. dedicated. producers require more staff. vets and processors. In bigger piggeries. 32 . responsible staff. and growing/finishing. cleaning and disinfecting sheds. semi extensive shelters or completely outdoors. farrowing. with more pigs. There are several Rural Employment Agencies located in WA specialising in placing people into work on farms. There are also numerous service providers. Marketing and Research & Development which can also provide employment opportunities. Veterinary Services. artificial insemination. and environmental protection. How to Enter the Pork Industry 1. such as feed manufacturers. The pork industry is a sophisticated industry. selecting sale pigs. assisting with farrowing (giving birth). Nutritional Advice. quality assurance. each section may have a supervisor as well as staff. heavily involved in disease prevention. An increase in demand for pork in Asia has encouraged the WA industry to expand in recent years and. and keeping and analysing records.Pork Industry The WA pork industry consists of approximately 360 producers who raise pigs for meat or future breeding stock. whereas on smaller farms the same person might work in all four areas. Rural Enterprises (08) 9398 806 and RANZA (08) 9888 4017 (see the advertisements on Pages 30 & 31 for more details). weaning. There are many employers out there looking for keen. treating sick pigs. Pigs are bred and grown in sheds. The main types of work within a piggery include dry sow/ mating. food safety. Slaughtering. Feed Production. They are PGA Personnel (08) 979 5. Tasks include daily feeding and checking pigs.

Also. Have a look at www.au Consider the following entry level training options. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most Newsagents. Look in the two rural newspapers. Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ or any other local newspaper. stock agents.com. This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider. contact the Association on (08) 979 73. 4. They have a vast number of rural employment opportunities.gov. 6.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships.2. check out the Association’s website at www. 3. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture (Pig Production) see Page 69. The Countryman and Farm Weekly.jobsearch. Your local office can be accessed through this site. 5. (e. or visit the newspaper’s websites. distributors etc). The WA Pork Producer’s Association maintains an Employer Register which contains a list of employers in the industry who have vacancies or are willing to be contacted by people looking for work experience.wappa. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) 33 .g. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Agriculture (Pig Production). To obtain a copy of the Employer Register. truck drivers. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation which delivers Traineeships. The Job Network can help you find employment. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. 7.

You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.au.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. or 800 999 67 for country callers.ntis. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 92 of this booklet. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook for full-time courses (available at newsagents) or online at www. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. For parttime courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. School You may start your training in the Pork Industry whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study.tafe. Some 3 .edu.wa. although the course may involve work experience.TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture (Pig Production) is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College.gov. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study.

Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers.getactiv8ed. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. For more information visit their website at www. Other The Pork Producer’s Association periodically conducts short courses for those interested in acquiring skills to work in the industry. Nutritionist and many more.com. visit the www.secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations. Hygiene Specialist. For further information on courses related to this area of study. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8).net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Pork or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. horticulture and related areas. The more industry experience you have.wappa. Career possibilities include a Health Practitioner. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture.au 35 . or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. later in life.

Environmental Management. being largely a fully integrated business. Experience may not be necessary to enter the industry. contributing approximately $300 million to the Western Australian economy. Husbandry Managers and Livestock Managers. Shed Builders. sales & marketing. Hatchery Managers. Poultry production. Auxiliary service industries to the Poultry industry such as Veterinary support. Quality Assurance. Farm Supervisors. Occupational Health & Safety. diploma or degree qualifications are desirable for the senior management positions. provides employment opportunities in other areas such as processing. The Poultry Industry is an advanced agricultural business with key focuses on Health and Welfare. Electricians and Plumbers. Equipment Installers. Farm Managers. can also provide indirect employment opportunities. Codes of Practice have been developed supporting the implementation of these programs throughout the industry. 36 . with marketing annually in excess of 0 million birds and 20 million dozen eggs. and Food Safety. Poultry production consists of breeding stock for fertile egg production. Bio-security for disease prevention. The industry has developed into a very important component of the Western Australian agricultural sector. finance and administration. eggs and meat production. The Poultry industry has a vast array of career opportunities within the Livestock area. to mention just a few.Poultry Industry The Western Australian Poultry Industry is a modern intensive agricultural industry with a majority of the 60 plus Poultry farms located in the outer areas of the Perth metropolitan area. Hatchery staff. Nutritionist. ranging from Farm Hands. However.

you can pursue a traineeship in Agriculture (General) or Rural Operations. Farmers.Distributors. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry . Have a look at www. with a view to acquiring the skills common to all sectors of the industry. the specific skills you will require to work in the Poultry industry. The Job Network can help you find employment. etc Look up Poultry Farms in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume. at a later stage. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a 37 . A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships.gov.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as traineeships. Look in the employment section of your local newspaper or check out the newspaper’s website. (Traineeships & Apprenticeships) TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option that will assist you in finding employment in the Poultry industry is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. However. There are a range of Certificate level courses from which to choose. Your local office can be accessed through this site. and seek to develop. For details of how to sign up as a Trainee see Page 69. 4.jobsearch. 2.How to Enter the Poultry Industry 1. 3. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships There is no specific traineeship at this stage with a Poultry industry focus.

However.ntis. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. All offer 38 .wa. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries.au. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook for full-time courses (available at newsagents) or online at www. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. with a view to acquiring specific Poultry industry knowledge and skills at a later stage. or 800 999 67 for country callers.getactiv8ed.edu.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. you may start your training as a School Based Trainee in Agriculture (General) or Rural Operations.tafe. You should check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. School Currently there is no specific School Based Traineeship being delivered for the Poultry sector of the industry. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.gov.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77).course of study. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 92 of this booklet. visit the www. although the course may involve work experience.

Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. Careers include. For further information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78.full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. horticulture and related areas. and many more. later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Poultry or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. 39 . Poultry Farm Management. This qualification may be beneficial for students wishing to enter into further training in the Poultry Industry.

work in the industry as a trainee. How to Enter Production Horticulture 1.Production Horticulture A career in Production Horticulture involves the planting and growing of fruits and vegetables and the subsequent picking and preparation of the products for distribution. Look in the employment section of your local newspaper or visit the newspaper’s website. 5. The Job Network can help you find employment.au. but are multi-skilled across the main areas of horticulture. For all you need to know about seasonal employment in Production Horticulture check out the jobsearch website and click on harvest trail www. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. Have a look at www.gov. where you can earn good financial returns as well as gain practical experience in the industry. or as a seasonal or casual employee. You can also phone the “Harvest Trail” hotline on 800 062 332. Look up the various industry sectors in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume. 7.gov. The industry needs more employees who are not limited to a specific area of the industry. 3. 6. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as available traineeships. Many Horticultural enterprises are mixed operations. undertake accredited training. There are opportunities to gain full-time employment in the industry. 4.jobsearch. Your local office can be accessed through this site. 0 2.jobsearch. Consider the following entry level training options. Seasonal employment opportunities are available throughout the State (check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9). .

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study.gov.au. School You may start your training in Production Horticulture whilst still at  . Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500.au for a list of all training organisations and courses.ntis. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Production Horticulture see Page 69. This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 92 of this booklet. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study. A Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Production Horticulture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College.tafe. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. although the course may involve work experience.wa.edu. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook for information about fulltime courses (available at newsagents) or online at www. Check this out with your local Centrelink office. See Page 73 for a list of training providers.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a Traineeship in Production Horticulture. or 800 999 67 for country callers.

or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. Careers include Horticultural Advisory Roles. and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Horticulture or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. For further information on courses related to this area of study. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agri-culture. horticulture and related areas. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture.school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. Marketing & International Trade. visit the www. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training.getactiv8ed. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. The more industry experience you have the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations. plus many more. Horticulture Consulting. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. later in life. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary school students seeking careers in agriculture and related areas. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). Land Rehabilitation. 2 .

Rural Merchandising The Rural Industry relies very much on the services provided by Rural Merchants. Look in the two rural newspapers. They have a vast number of ‘Rural Employment opportunities. The Elders website advertises positions available within the company in a range of occupations throughout Australia. Experience can be gained on the job or you may like to obtain a formal qualification by completing a traineeship. such as agriculture chemicals. A sound knowledge of rural products. The structure of rural merchandising stores varies across WA. Have a look for opportunities in Rural Merchandising at www. How to Enter Rural Merchandising 1. Have a look at www. is critical to the operations of Rural Merchandising. Click on the ‘Career Opportunities’ link. The Countryman and Farm Weekly. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most newsagents.jobsearch. 2. . Suppliers. 6. and Distributors. etc.au.elders. from large companies such as Elders & Landmark. to stores owned by private companies. animal health products and the need to provide correct advice to rural customers. Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ or other local newspaper. or visit the newspaper’s website. Consider the following entry level training options. Most major rural towns in WA will have a rural merchandise business operating and you will even find these businesses on the fringes of the city to service the increasing number of hobby farms. Your local office can be accessed through this site.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as traineeships. 3 3. The Job Network can help you find employment.com. 5. 4. Stock Agents.gov. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option to gain a qualification in Rural Merchandising is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Rural Merchandising see Page 69. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 92 of this booklet.gov.edu. This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider.au.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Rural Merchandising.  . Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. or 800 999 67 for country callers.ntis.wa. A Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers Traineeships. For details of parttime courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook for full-time courses (available at newsagents) or online at www. although the course may involve work experience. See Page 73 for a list of training providers.tafe. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study.

For further information on courses related to this area of study visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). and others from alternative careers. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. later in life. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Some enter tertiary studies straight from school. 5 . you may start your training as a School Based Trainee in Agriculture (General) with a rural merchant (See Page 7). However. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations.net website.getactiv8ed. Careers include Marketing or Agribusiness type roles. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). visit the www. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Rural Merchandising or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people.School Currently there is no specific School Based Traineeship being delivered in Rural Merchandising. horticulture and related areas. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. or contact the Department of Education and Training.

prawns. or positions in the Fisheries compliance sector of the industry. There is also a wide range of entry level training courses being delivered and developed to cater for keen but inexperienced people. is a major growth area for the state. 6 .000 people and is the third most important industry in Western Australia after mining and agriculture. Western Australia’s professional fishermen harvest the seafood from the pristine waters along Western Australia’s 12. The industry contributes an estimated $. Aquaculture.Seafood Industry The Seafood industry. Qualifications and sea-time gained in commercial fishing are highly regarded by this fast developing maritime sector. exporting and retailing of seafood. you can find opportunities within the Seafood Processing and Seafood Sales & Distribution areas. an important and emerging sector of the industry. with the opportunity of one day being a skipper of a vessel. The Seafood industry offers a wide range of employment opportunities along a significant stretch of the State’s coastline. to jobs in the Aquaculture industry (see an earlier chapter of this booklet for more detailed information). Eco–tourism and charter vessel operations are also expanding rapidly and offer great lifestyle opportunities for experienced fisher-people. Many people employed in the fishing industry use this valuable experience and knowledge to create a career pathway into the lucrative offshore oil and gas sector.500 kilometres of coastline which is home to a wide variety of the highest quality seafood in the world. the Seafood industry offers you a wide choice of careers. pearls. Our largest commercial fisheries are western rock lobster. which includes the catching. employs over 5.2 billion to the State’s economy. If you prefer to remain land-based. If you are an outdoors person and one who enjoys the ocean. scallops and abalone. From seafaring duties on a boat. the range and nature of work available is extensive. processing.

gov. 5.edu.au and check out the WA Rock Lobster Council’s employment portal at www.det.australianapprenticeships.How to Enter the Seafood Industry 1. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.wafic. 8. 4. 3.rocklobsterwa. Check out the Department of Education and Training website at www. You will also find contact details of your nearest Apprenticeship Centre. Look up the WA Fishing Industry Council website at www.jobsearch. Look up the employment section of your local newspapers or visit the newspaper’s website.au for information about apprenticeships and contact details of other agencies.au to explore your career options and employment opportunities. Check out the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website at www. You can also visit some of the dedicated maritime training centres and check out their employment bulletin boards. Potential employers often post employment opportunity notices for marine graduates. that can assist you in finding employment.wa. 2. 6. such as the Job Network. Look up likely employers in the Yellow Pages and approach them with your resume. Consider the following entry level training options.au/apprenticentre and click on the Job Board link for information about the employment opportunities in the industry. 7.com. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart on Page 9 for information about the seasonal employment opportunities in the industry. Visit the Australian Job Search website at www. 7 . com.gov.

edu. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.au for a list of all training organisations and courses.ntis. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. most TAFE colleges have information officers who can provide you with course information.wa.wa. See Page 69 for more general information on traineeships.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships The Department of Education and Training has a list of all the Traineeships available in the Seafood industry. Also.tafe. or 800 999 67 for country callers. You will find full details on their website at www. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available at newsagents) or visit the TAFEWA website at www. 8 .edu. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. although the course may involve work experience.au for course and other information. TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study. check out the Seafood Pathways guide on Page 93 of this booklet.gov.au/apprenticentre. You can confirm this by contacting your local Centrelink office.det. A Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships.

9 . Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Seafood or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. Some secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 qualification or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in the primary industries. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. The more industry experience you have. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates.School School Based Traineeships are available in the Seafood industry in Western Australia. This would give you some relevant industry experience. marine science and other interesting fields of endeavour. Graduate professional and technical positions are available in natural resource management. For further information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). later in life. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. For more information contact the Department of Education and Training or talk to your School VET Coordinator.

They have a vast number of rural employment opportunities. How to Enter the Wool Harvesting Industry. Shedhand. It offers an interesting lifestyle that can involve travel to regional and remote areas of Australia. Wool Classer or Wool Presser.au 50 3. You can gain employment in the shearing industry as a Shearer. Visit the Employment Register on the WA Shearing Contractors Association’s website at www. Many people progress through the industry to become Shearing Contractors or Wool Classers. Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ or other local newspapers. You can also work in the industry without any qualifications.wasca. 1. and can pay well. both seasonal and full-time. and a large number of people involved in the shearing industry transfer their skills across to farm employment. 2.Shearing & Shedhand Industry A career in the Shearing and Shedhand Industry is challenging and physical (a career working as a Shedhand is often referred to as ‘Wool Handling’).asn. or visit the newspaper’s website. The Countryman and Farm Weekly. There are opportunities to gain accredited training in the shearing industry through traineeships or by attending TAFE courses. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9 for information about the availability of seasonal employment in the industry. . Beginning your Agriculture career in the shearing industry allows you an opportunity to make a large number of industry contacts. Look in the two rural newspapers. The practical experience in the shearing industry could also lead to other careers in the wool sector such as wool buying or processing. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most newsagents.

Look up Shearing Contractors in the Yellow Pages and make contact with these people. The Job Network can help you find employment. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in the shearing/wool handling industry see Page 69. farmers etc.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as available traineeships. training providers. TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in shearing or as a Shedhand is to study at TAFE or through a Private Training Provider.jobsearch. Consider the following entry level training options. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete this form of training. Have a look at www. 5 . A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry see the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 9 of this booklet. 5. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in the shearing industry. 6. Your local office can be accessed through this site. shearing contractors.gov. which may also involve work experience.4. 7.

ntis.tafe. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. This would give you some relevant industry experience.gov. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. For more information. horticulture and related areas.Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) for information about full-time courses.edu. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). School Unfortunately. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. Some secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers. visit the www. The more industry experience you have. or 800 999 67 for country callers.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. or online at www.wa. look on the same TAFEWA website. you are unable to do a School Based Traineeship in the Shearing Industry. talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. unlike other sectors in the rural industry.au. 52 . or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8).getactiv8ed.

com and refer to the Rural Employment advertisements on Pages 30 & 3. as long as you have the right attitude and the willingness to learn the skills. Grader Driver. For further information regarding becoming a Governess. If you enjoy living in the bush. 53 . mustering or shearing. There are employment prospects across a range of fields from Station Hands to Station Managers. depending on their size and location. Some stations. Domestic Hand. complete a traineeship or even progress your studies with a diploma or degree to further your career at a Management level. as well as a large number of permanent positions. Employment prospects in the pastoral industry across Australia are very high.governessaustralia.e.Station (Pastoral Industry) A career in the Pastoral Industry offers you a vast range of employment opportunities as well as being extremely rewarding. www. Mustering Pilots to Mechanics. Seasonal employment is available during peaks periods. Stockcamp Cook or even as a Governess (teaching children on School of the Air). then this is the career for you. Station Cook. Experience may not be necessary to enter into the industry. Many experienced people now work in the industry. offer opportunities for employment in areas other than stationhand work. operating seasonal contract businesses such as fencing or mustering. check out the website. These positions may include Boreman. especially for skilled workers. taking in the wonders of the natural environment and working in the great outdoors. i. You may choose to find a job on a station. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9.

4. Rural Enterprises (08) 9398 806 and RANZA on (08) 9888 4017. 7.com. contact Rural Skills Australia at fredc@ruralskills.au. Consider the following entry level training options. 5. truck drivers. They have a vast number of rural employment opportunities. including PGA Personnel (08) 979 5. or visit their websites.For a copy of the booklet ‘A Guide for Station Hands’. Look in the two rural newspapers. The Countryman and Farm Weekly. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9 for information about the availability of seasonal employment in the industry. 3. Your local office can be accessed through this site. Have a look at www. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most newsagents. stock agents etc.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as traineeships. 6. There are several Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that specialise in placing people into work on farms.jobsearch. 5 . which provides useful information for people seeking this type of employment. How to Enter the Pastoral Industry 1.) Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ or other local newspapers. The Job Network can help you find employment. (See advertisements Pages 30 & 31 for more details. 2.gov. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. 55 . or 800 999 67 for country callers.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in General Agriculture or one that specialises in Beef Cattle Production or Sheep & Wool.edu.tafe. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College.ntis. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. However. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study.wa. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. (This may be the option if you are not eligible to complete a traineeship). For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture see Page 69.au.gov. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry check out the Rural Production Pathways guide on Page 9 of this booklet. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers. look on the same website. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) for information about full-time courses or online at www. Contact your local Centrelink office about this matter. you will need to have access to a farm or station to complete the practical components.

visit the www. 56 .getactiv8ed. or as a VET student. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. farm or station management. or contact the Department of Education and Training.School You may start your training in Agriculture whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7). Careers include consulting roles. For further information on courses related to this area of study. horticulture and related areas. research & development. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Pastoral or associated industries by gaining a university qualification.net website. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. The more industry experience you have. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. exporting and marketing. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). and many more. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78.

7. 5. The work environment is high tech where highly skilled workers are required to use the latest equipment. 6. the industry consists of seven distinct sectors. each of which offer a wide range of career opportunities. Today.Forest and Timber Products The Forest and Timber Products industry has changed a lot since its beginnings in the early 800s. 2. . Forest Growing and Management:  Forester  Silviculture Officer Harvesting and Haulage:  Mobile Equipment Officer  Resource Assessor  Harvesting Operations Manager Sawmilling and Processing:  Timber Production Technician  Timber Production Manager Timber Products Manufacturing:  Timber Fabricator  Timber Products Manufacturer Wood Panel/Board Production and Manufacturing:  Board and Panel Technician  Engineered Timber Products Technician Pulp and Paper Manufacturing:  Pulp Equipment Operator  Pulp and Paper Technician Timber Merchandising:  Timber Advisor  Stock Control Officer 57 . The following are examples of the types of occupations available in each sector of the industry: . 3. when the cutting of trees was done by hand and teams of oxen were used to take the logs to the sawmill.

we hardly think about them. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.au/apprenticentre and click on the Job Board link for information about the employment opportunities in the industry.jobsearch. How to Enter the Forest and Timber Products Industry 1.au to explore your career options and employment opportunities. This is a very informative website that will provide you with details of the types of jobs available and a description of the work involved.com. 6. 2.det. magazines and other paper products. Look up the employment section of your local newspaper or visit the newspaper’s website. 4. We all use forestry products on a daily basis.wa. visit the Forestworks website at www. that can assist you in finding employment.edu.au. The products are so much a part of our lives. 3. 5.fafpesc. 58 . Check out the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website at www. Check out the Department of Education and Training website at www. You will also find contact details of your nearest Apprenticeship Centre. Visit the Australian Job Search website at www.gov. Look up likely employers in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume.au for information about apprenticeships and contact details of other agencies. 7. from building materials to furniture to newspapers.For a more detailed insight into the industry. Consider the following entry level training options.gov.australianapprenticeships. such as the Job Network. The Timber Products industry is the second largest manufacturing industry in Australia.

You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. most TAFE colleges have information officers who can provide you with course information. check out the Forest and Forest Products Pathways guide on Page 9 of this booklet. 59 .det. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500.wa. Gt. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. au for a list of all training organisations and courses. You will find full details on their website at www. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available at newsagents) or visit the TAFEWA website at www. Also. See Page 69 for more general information on traineeships. Southern TAFE is one of the main providers of training in this industry.edu.tafe.gov.wa.Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships The Department of Education and Training has a list of all the Traineeships available in the Forest and Timber Products industry.au for course and other information.edu. Click on Primary in the Traineeship Opportunities section of the website. although the course may involve work experience. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. or 800 999 67 for country callers. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. A Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. You can confirm this by contacting your local Centrelink office.au/apprenticentre.ntis.

Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Timber or associated industries by gaining a university qualification.School There are several School Based Traineeships available in the Forest and Timber Products industry in Western Australia. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. botany/ecology. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. Agriculture Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. The more industry experience you have. engineering and other fields. This would give you some relevant industry experience. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. later in life. or contact the Department of Education and Training. horticulture and related areas.getactiv8ed. For further information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Graduate professional and technical positions are available in natural resource management. surveying. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Some secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 qualification or units of competency towards a Certificate  or II. visit the www. 60 .net website. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.

Should you wish to study or seek employment in Veterinary Nursing. it could be advantageous to have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies as this is included in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Veterinary Nurses are mainly employed by Veterinarians in private practices. a Certificate IV qualification must be achieved. to be registered as a Veterinary Nurse. associated occupations. you will love a career as a Veterinary Nurse. However. 6 . The websites listed on Page 8 will provide you with information on rural careers involving animal care. You could also enter into the area of veterinary practice management. have a look at other. If you enjoy working with larger animals. Veterinary Nursing is a highly competitive occupation where there are usually a large number of applicants for job vacancies. Veterinary Nurses assist Veterinarians in the treatment and care of animals needing medical and/or surgical attention. Many potential Veterinary Nurses enter the industry by gaining hands-on work experience in a veterinary practice. Once they develop their skills and knowledge they can undertake training which will give them a recognised qualification in Veterinary Nursing.Veterinary Nursing If you enjoy working with animals. There is also the opportunity to gain employment in marketing and merchandising with veterinary pharmaceutical organisations. Some find work looking after animals in veterinary research or teaching institutions.

Your local office can be accessed through this site. 62 . Look up Veterinary practices in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume. 3. a Registered Training Organisation. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Veterinary Nursing.jobsearch. It takes two years to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as a fulltime traineeship.appvoc. delivers Veterinary Nursing Training and advertises job vacancies on it’s website at www.com Consider the following entry level training options. 5. 2. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.How to Enter Veterinary Nursing 1.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as traineeships. 4. Have a look at www. The Job Network can help you find employment. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. This is particularly relevant in this industry as many full-time positions are taken by part-time or work experience employees.gov. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in Veterinary Nursing see Page 69. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. Applied Vocational Training.

visit the www. For details of part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. Swan TAFE (08) 9267 7500 or Applied Vocational Training (08) 956 060. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. or contact the Department of Education and Training.tafe. School Unfortunately.wa. you cannot do Veterinary Nursing as a School Based Traineeship. (This could be paid or volunteer work). For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.net website. However.ntis. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. Check this matter out with your local Centrelink office. 63 . Both of these training providers offer courses by correspondence to cater for students who live in regional areas.au for a list of all training organisations and courses.au for information about the full-time course. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete this training. the Certificate II in Animal Studies is an approved School Based Traineeship. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Full-time or part-time courses in the Veterinary Nursing Certificate V are offered by two training providers.getactiv8ed.edu. The more industry experience you have. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) or go online at www.TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option to gain a qualification in Veterinary Nursing is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. you will need to have access to a working veterinary practice for a minimum of one day a week to complete the practical components. You may also be eligible for Youth Allowance while you study. It is useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). gov. check out the Animal Care and Management Pathways guide on Page 89 of this booklet. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. However. or 800 999 67 for country callers.

Veterinary Research and many more. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Veterinary or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Disease Control Units. Private Veterinary Practices. later in life. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people.Agriculture Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. For further information on courses related to this area of study. This training may be beneficial for students wishing to enter into further training in Veterinary Nursing. 6 . Careers include. horticulture and related areas. Quarantine Services.

gov. How to Enter the Viticulture Industry 1. determine the best irrigation strategy for the vines and decide on the disease and pest control program for the vineyard. 65 2. or visit the newspaper’s website. Most jobs for viticulture hands tend to be seasonal (see the Seasonal Employment Chart on Page 9). 3. 4. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9 for information about the availability of seasonal employment in the industry. There is a shortage of well trained workers in this industry and undertaking formal training will enhance opportunities for employment in the longer term.Wine & Grape Growing (Viticulture) A Viticulturist is responsible for creating the right conditions for the growing and harvesting of grapes. monitor the soils and irrigation systems and look after the trellises and vines. You can also phone the “Harvest Trail” hotline on 800 062 332. Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ newspaper or your local community newspaper. Under the instruction of the Viticulturist.jobsearch. with demand strongest over the pruning and harvesting periods. vineyard hands prepare the ground for planting. Look up the various industry sectors in the Yellow Pages and approach these businesses with your resume.au and click on the “Harvest Trail” link. There are also opportunities to work in cellar operations and cellar door sales. offered on a casual basis. To become a Viticulturist you will need to complete a Bachelors Degree or higher qualification. . For all you need to know about seasonal employment in Viticulture check out the jobsearch website at www. They monitor the soil.

com. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) TAFE or Private Training Providers Another option to gain a qualification in Food Processing (wine growing) or Production Horticulture is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. Consider the following entry level training options. For a list of Viticulture Job Agencies across Australia and International Exchange Programs check out www.winediva.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships available in the industry. check out the Amenity Horticulture and Rural Production Pathways guides on Pages 88 and 89 of this booklet. Your local office can be accessed through this site. For details of the areas of study and the level of qualifications available in this sector of industry. Check this out with your local Centrelink office. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance Payments while you study.jobsearch. The Job Network can help you to find employment. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Food Processing (wine growing) or a traineeship in Production Horticulture. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in Food Processing (wine growing) see Page 69. although the course may involve work experience.5. 6. 8. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study.gov. 7. au. This may be at a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. Have a look at www. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook (available at newsagents) or go online 66 .

Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6. visit the www. or contact the Department of Education and Training. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. the better your chances will be of gaining employment.gov. The more industry experience you have.500. School You may start your training in Food Processing (wine growing) or Production Horticulture while still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 7) or as a VET student. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). or 800 999 67 for country callers. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate  in Food Processing (wine growing) or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. 67 .net website.getactiv8ed. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website.ntis. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77).tafe. horticulture and related areas.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.au.at www.wa.edu. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. for information about full-time courses.

and many more. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Viticulture or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. cellar supervision. later in life. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers.. consulting. Careers include marketing. 68 . For further information on courses related to this area of study. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78.Tertiary Building on their industry experience with a university degree has proven a successful career pathway for many people. wine making. winery maintenance.

Anyone who is 5 years or older may be eligible to be employed as a trainee. 69 . or Private Training Providers).docep. a living away from home allowance may be paid by the government. Sometimes existing employees and. Forest and Seafood Training Packages are now available as Australian Apprenticeships. seek advice from an Australian Apprenticeships Centre.au  Traineeships are not just for young people.  You don’t even need to be unemployed. Amenity Horticulture. family members may be eligible. Trainees complete their nationally recognised certificates as they develop their skills in the workplace under the supervision of an employer. You must be employed full-time or part-time in the industry in order to complete a Traineeship. Conservation & Land Management.  A traineeship could be the beginning of a successful career possibly leading on to a diploma level or higher qualification (see the training pathway example on Page 95). The training provider assesses the trainee and awards the certificate on successful completion. under some circumstances. wa. Training is provided under a variety of delivery methods by Registered Training Organisations (such as TAFE. Traineeships Many of the qualifications in the Rural Production.  Trainees are paid a wage by the employer during their training and.gov.  The State Department of Consumer and Employment Protection provides advice on wage rates and employment conditions. For more information phone 300 655 266 or go online at www.Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) An Australian Apprenticeship is a common term used to refer to both traineeships and apprenticeships. where eligible. Animal Care.

 Apprentices/Trainees may be eligible for Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) if they have to move away from the parental/guardian home to commence or remain in an Australian Apprenticeship. For instance. Check your eligibility to the LAFHA with your nearest Australian Apprenticeships Centre. There is also a list of Australian Apprenticeship Centres in WA on Page 75. A traineeship normally only takes one year to complete. 70 . Apprenticeships The only sector of the Primary industry that you can complete an Apprenticeship in is Amenity Horticulture.au/ and www. The main difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is the duration.det. Landscape Gardener. a horticulture apprenticeship in Turf Management may take 3 to  years to complete and. au/apprenticeships. australianapprenticeships. Nursery Person or Turf Management). or they are homeless.wa.edu. For more information on Australian Apprenticeships/ Traineeships ring 3 9 5 or visit the websites www.gov. at the completion of the training. (Gardener. the apprentice is awarded with a trade qualification. See Page 75 for contact details.

For more information and advice about School Based Traineeships. With a school based traineeship you can work towards both secondary graduation and an industry recognised qualification.wa. School based trainees work and train in the industry of choice during the school year and.edu.School Based Traineeships A School Based Traineeship provides an opportunity for full-time secondary school students to begin preparing themselves for a career in the workforce.au/apprenticentre 7 . The nationally recognised industry certificate gained (usually a Certificate II) may be included on the student’s final secondary school certificate.det. during part of the school holidays. School Based Traineeships can open up new career and employment opportunities. Employment is usually for one day per week or the equivalent number of days in seasonal blocks. ring the Department of Education and Training on 3 9 5 or visit their website at www. They are a great way to develop your skills and get paid at the same time. in some instances.

I’m Interested in Doing an Australian Apprenticeship What is the Next Step? Step 1 When you have decided in which of the industries you would like to undertake a traineeship. the next step is to find an employer willing to take you on. Have a look at the different methods listed in the ‘How to Find Employment’ section for each of the occupations detailed in this booklet. Step 3 The Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC) will sign you up and give you and your employer advice on a suitable training provider. 72 . see following page.gov. If you wish to investigate the possible training provider options. Step 2 Having found employment. You can also contact the Australian Apprenticeship Centre by telephone on 3 38 73 for further advice.au or contact one of the Australian Apprenticeships Centres for further information on how an Australian Apprenticeship works. refer your employer to the Australian Apprenticeship website at www.australianapprenticeships.

Training Providers C Y O’Connor TAFE Challenger TAFE Farm Information Services Great Southern TAFE Kimberley TAFE South West Regional College of TAFE Swan TAFE West Coast TAFE (08) 9622 6777 (08) 9239 889 (08) 929 8833 800 675 78 (08) 992 900 800 62 5 (08) 9267 7500 300 3 88 73 .au/apprenticentre or explore your options under “Courses” on the TAFEWA website at www. O’Connor TAFE (Northam/Narrogin/Merredin/Moora) Central West TAFE (Geraldton/Carnarvon) Challenger TAFE Coastal & Rural Training Services Curtin University of Technology (Kalgoorlie/Esperance) Farm Information Services Great Southern TAFE (Albany/Katanning) Kimberley TAFE Pilbara TAFE South West Regional College of TAFE Directions WA (08) 9622 6777 800 672 700 07 96 28 (08) 998 33 (08) 907 9570 (08) 929 8833 800 675 78 (08) 992 900 300 30 2 800 62 5 (08) 927 39 Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing .tafe.Training Providers Applied Vocational Training Challenger TAFE Swan TAFE (08) 956 060 (08) 9239 889 (08) 9267 7500 Conservation and Land Management . Please note.wa.edu. it may be incomplete and is subject to change.wa.Registered Training Providers The following are the names and contact details of the Registered Training Providers approved to deliver training in the various sectors of the primary industry.Training Providers C. that while every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. Check out the Department of Education and Training’s official list of Registered Training Providers at www.det. Agriculture (including Wool) .au.edu.Y.

O’Connor TAFE Central West TAFE Challenger TAFE (Horticulture & Irrigation) Coastal & Rural Training Services Djaringo Pty Ltd Farm Information Services Great Southern TAFE Jobs South West Inc Kimberley TAFE Pilbara TAFE SMYL Community Services South West Regional College of TAFE Swan TAFE West Coast TAFE Directions WA Seafood and Aquaculture .Training Providers C.Forest and Timber Products – Training Providers Great Southern TAFE South West Regional College of TAFE 800 675 78 800 62 5 (08) 9622 6777 800 672 700 (08) 9239 889 (08) 998 33 (08) 993 700 (08) 929 8833 800 675 78 (08) 972 5033 (08) 992 900 300 30 2 (08) 930 92 800 62 5 (08) 9267 7500 300 3 88 (08) 927 39 800 672 700 (08) 9239 8007 (08) 998 33 800 675 78 (08) 992 900 (08) 90 2966 Horticultural .Y.Batavia Coast Maritime Institute Challenger TAFE – Fremantle Maritime Centre Coastal & Rural Training Services Great Southern TAFE Kimberley TAFE Swan Maritime Institute 7 .Training Providers Central West TAFE .

where applicable.gov. contact one of the AACs listed below or visit the website at www.australianapprenticeships. Their role is to help you find a Registered Training Organisation.Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs) Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Government to promote traineeships and apprenticeships. organise the payment of the eligible employer financial incentive and. the Living Away From Home Allowance. register the training contract. For further information you can telephone the Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 3 38 73. Australian Apprenticeship Centres in WA (August 2008) Metropolitan Area AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services CCI Employfast MEGT Mission Australia (08) 9273 302 800 22 22 3 63 8 300 626 227 Country Areas The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company Albany Bunbury Busselton Mandurah Narrogin (Information Only) (08) 98 770 800 627 88 800 678 00 800 060 82 (08) 988 268 CCI Employfast: Statewide Contact Number: 800 22 22 Albany Kalgoorlie Broome Karratha Bunbury Katanning Carnarvon Kununnurra Esperance Mandurah Geraldton Northam Mission Australia: All Locations Contact Number: 300 626 227 Geraldton Kalgoorlie 75 .au.

wa. and viticulture.det. etc. 76 . Students are selected on a genuine desire for a career in rural or allied industries. site au/education/wacoa. All the campuses have boarding facilities. Further details of each of the colleges can be obtained from this website. Harvey. For more information about the colleges phone (08) 926 56 or visit the Department of Education and Training website at www.Colleges of Agriculture in WA There are six campuses of the West Australian College of Agriculture. Esperance. Denmark. All offer courses leading to a Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised Certificates in Agriculture. with successful graduates being highly sought after by employers. located at Cunderdin.edu. Horticulture and related areas. A range of general and agriculture related subjects are offered and each campus offers some specialist programs such as dairy. cropping. Morawa and Narrogin.

sciences. hospitality.au.edu. students studying at the WA College of Agriculture or Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon can progress to further study at TAFE Colleges and Muresk Institute of Agriculture. computer studies.Catholic Agriculture College Bindoon Catholic Agriculture College Bindoon is a Year 8 to 2 co-educational College for day and residential students. physical education and much more are available in the program.edu.cacbindoon. hospitality. The school is set on 3. For more information please phone (08) 9576 00 or visit the college website at www. outdoor education and auto workshops. Many subjects qualify as vocational education training and gain the student a TAFE certificate. Boys looking for a career in Agriculture and related industries are well catered for.wa.. For more information please phone the school on (08) 996 522 or visit the school’s website at www.wa. 77 . Christian Brothers Agricultural School.cbas. Successful students gain the WA Certificate of Education and can also complete Certificates 1 and II in Agriculture. Tardun Christian Brothers Agricultural College at Tardun is a boarding school for boys in Years 8 to 0.000 acres and is located 25 km north of Perth. Religious education. The agriculture program provides students with a sound basis for those looking at a career in agriculture and related industries. specialising in agriculture.au. *Note: where they have completed the entry requirements. equine management.

Degrees also provide graduates with skills for self employment opportunities.au Curtin University of Technology www.ecu.edu. This is becoming a popular way 78 . which may coincide with university holidays.nd.au Murdoch University www.au (08) 688 2565 (08) 9690 530 3 3 28 300 687362 (08) 933 0555 University by Distance Education There are also a large number of universities in other States that offer some very good agriculture and horticulture related courses.murdoch. Many people working successfully in the agribusiness or corporate sector of the rural industry advise you to take the time to gain handson practical experience in order to have a broader understanding of all facets of the industry in which you will be working.au University of Notre Dame www. University of Western Australia www.Universities University agricultural graduates are in high demand.au Edith Cowan University www. Graduates with Bachelor or Honours Degrees in agricultural or horticultural areas of study find employment within a wide range of government departments. Practical experience may consist of seasonal employment such as mustering.uwa.edu.edu. Many of these universities not only deliver their courses on campus but also specialise in Distance Education. harvesting.curtin. It may also be worth enquiring if any of the units can be offered externally where this study option would suit your situation. private organisations and educational institutions.fnas.muresk. or seeding.edu. Please contact these universities for a list of their course outlines.edu.

edu. Visit their websites for more information.edu.au University of Southern Queensland www. provided you meet criteria set by the Department of Education. It allows students to complete their course off-campus by receiving notes and teaching material by mail or online. Employment and Workplace Relations (details are available from Muresk).edu.to study for people who do not have access to university campuses.au Marcus Oldham College www.une.edu.mq. Residential or weekend schools may be compulsory in some courses which would require attendance at the Campus. The Agribusiness Enabling Course offers an alternative entry pathway into the Bachelor of Agribusiness and is designed for applicants who 79 .edu. Listed below are some of the universities that deliver courses by distance education.au Macquarie University www.au University of New England www.coe.vic. the Muresk Institute of Agriculture offers entry to its Agribusiness Degree program to those with a Certificate IV in Agriculture or through an “Enabling Course”.au 800 33 733 800 88 865 (03) 523 3533 (02) 9850 770 800 60 678 Muresk Institute of Agriculture For students who have not gained university entrance.usq. This would usually be once or twice a year. Charles Sturt University www.csu.marcusoldham.

aquaculture facility. Selection is by interview during December and early January. The first six-week seminar starts in mid March and the second six-week seminar is run from early September to mid October. or similar. stock firm. For more information ring Muresk on (08) 9266 86 and/or visit the website at www. students are required to undertake a minimum of six months’ full-time work in an agribusiness. Agribusiness Computing. If you contact the institutions. pastoral or horticultural property. including those that offer distance education. Successful completion of this course enables students a direct entry into the Bachelor of Agribusiness. Scholarships & Bursaries Almost all universities. Units of study are Farm Practice. The eligibility criteria change on a regular basis and the level of financial assistance varies between the individual institutions. make sure you ask for information on the current range of scholarships available. During the remainder of the year.au. The Agribusiness Enabling Course involves two periods of six weeks of full-time contact where students are taught skills essential to their success at university. vineyard. Appointments can be made from November onwards with the Course Co-ordinator.did not complete their Tertiary Entrance Examination (TEE).muresk. which may include a commercial farming.edu.curtin. 80 . or did not achieve the minimum Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) to gain direct entry to Muresk Agribusiness courses. Agribusiness Mathematics and Agribusiness Communications. and agricultural colleges have a range of scholarships and bursaries available that may assist you in meeting the cost of the institution’s fees.

Speak to your school VET Co-ordinator for further information on SWL. Group Training Companies (GTCs) Group Training Companies employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host employers. TAFE & Group Training Companies Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Structured Workplace Learning is a structured work placement program and an accredited Curriculum Council subject which contributes to a student’s secondary graduation.au. If students are interested in working in the agriculture or horticulture industries. Have a look at the TAFEWA website for a list of the courses offered at www. from certificates to advanced diplomas. 8 . It often pays to contact the individual TAFE campus as courses offered can change regularly.gtaltd.Structured Workplace Learning.wa. This arrangement suits those employers who prefer the administrative arrangements to be managed by the Group Training Company.edu. or who are unable to provide all aspects of the required training. it is advisable to complete some SWL in this field. Visit the Group Training Company website at www. TAFE TAFE offers a huge and diverse range of courses. Students must choose a particular industry to gain unpaid work experience in whilst still at school.com. It’s a good opportunity to gain valuable experience and enhance your employment opportunities.au for more information.tafe. and may include those employers who do not have sufficient work to employ a person for the full term of an apprenticeship or traineeship. There are TAFE Colleges located in both metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia. Group Training Companies are also experienced with School Based Traineeship arrangements.

Agricultural Appointments (02) 9223 9944 By using this website you can find a listing of the current opportunities in Agriculture related careers Australia-wide.agappointments. job posting facilities. 82 . Visit them at www. www.com. online resumes. employers and agribusiness recruitment agencies. It lists a range of positions with Departments such as the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services and the Bureau of Rural Sciences.gov.Additional Industry Employment Websites AgbizCareers 1300 360 533 AgBiz is specifically designed as an independent resource for the Australian Agribusiness sector.com. advice on careers & training. Fisheries & Forestry Australia (AFFA) (02) 6272 3933 This website contains positions vacant with the Department of Agriculture.agbizcareers. The website offers a virtual conduit between career seekers.au Australian JobSearch This is an employment-focused website targeted at employers. The website address is www.jobsearch. Department of Agriculture.outbackinternational.gov.au.au. Check out at www. plus related links.au Outback International (07) 4927 4300 Outback International is a global recruitment and human resource company with job opportunities in rural Australia and around the world. recruits and jobseekers.daff.au.com. Visit www. Fisheries & Forestry. The website includes comprehensive job listings.

It offers young people the opportunity to participate in an International Exchange where you can choose from a variety of Agriculture. It’s a great way to work. Visit the website at www.com.au 83 .agriventure. Home Management or combined programs. Horticulture. gain international experience in the industry as well as have the opportunity to travel overseas.Agriventure 1800 257 197 AgriVenture Australia is part of the International Agricultural Exchange Association.

dairy. Agrifood Careers www.com. SkillsInfo www. 8 . Information covers the Animal Care.agrifoodcareers.au/ A website designed to provide skills related information about the different industries and the regions in which they are located.au The website contains useful job descriptions of the variety of jobs available.net This is an informative website directed at people who are still in school but would like to learn more about their career opportunities. not only in the dairy industry but also the agricultural industry as a whole.ruralskills. advice and assistance on training matters relevant to the rural industry.getacti8ed.au Agrifood is the name given to the Australian employment sector involved with food.com. Rural Production.au Rural Skills Australia provides information. fibre and animal production and manufacture.skillsinfo.gov.com. The website will provide you with a wealth of information about the various career opportunities in the industry. Check out the profiles as well as the useful web links. The site also provides a commentary on education. When you visit this website make sure you check out the “OnTrack” link which is an interactive component on the website and contains detailed information about today’s exciting Rural Career opportunities. Dairy Careers www. Department of Education and Training www. training and skills related issues. Check out the “Kira” link for information about jobs in the agriculture and horticulture industries. Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management sectors of the industry.Career Information Websites Rural Skills Australia www.

jobguide.gov. Get Access Now www. Employment Directions Network www. It also has a link to a job listing website.au Get Access Now is a dynamic interactive website featuring a wide range of career and employment related information and resources. The training site section of the map links you to the websites of the key training providers. The site includes a choice of videos to watch that will provide you with interesting and detailed information about the type of jobs available in the industry sector.skillsone. Job Guide www. The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence www.agric.wa. The organisation can also be contacted on phone 3 6 6. teacher’s resources and links to career information.com.net. and Private Training Providers. Type “education” into the website’s Advanced Search box.gov. It also includes apprenticeship and traineeship information and has the online TAFEWA Handbook and the Training. Universities.au The Department of Education. Education and Employment Manual.getaccess. including their education and training pathways.au The Employment Directions Network provides free career guidance and related advice to the Western Australian Community.employmentdirections.au Check out this website if you are interested in taking on a trade in the rural and farming sector. including TAFE.deewr.wa.gov. 85 .Department of Agriculture and Food (WA) www. Employment and Workplace Relations Job Guide website provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations.au The Department of Agriculture and Food’s website has project information.

job profiles and useful job seeking tips.gov. Employment and Workplace Relations website providing information about careers.per@centrelink.edu. including the Australian Job Guide.au 2nd Floor.deewr.(08) 9464 1305 86 .The Department of Education. myfuture www. City Central Building 166 Murray Street Mall PERTH WA 6000 Phone. Employment and Workplace Relations www.myfuture.au This website has many valuable resources for young people. Click on the ‘Education and Youth’ link for information about different career opportunities. For General Career and Training Information Contact Career Information Centre cic.gov.au A Department of Education.

It consists of fortnightly living allowance payments as well as additional components to help with the cost associated with attending school.au 87 . Abstudy 13 23 17 For Indigenous students.docep.gov.au 13 24 90 For fulltime students aged between 6 and 2 Youth Allowance will provide you with a basic income to support you in this time of study. www. Austudy 13 24 90 If you are aged over 25 and enrolled as a full-time student.centrelink.gov. Centrelink Youth Allowance www. You can visit the Centrelink website or call the numbers provided.wa. Austudy will help with your study costs. Abstudy payments may be able to help you stay at school or go on to further study. WAGELINE For wage information call 300 655 266.Government Financial Assistance There are several options available for financial government assistance if you are an eligible young person and are either studying or undertaking training.

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this will affect the amount of fees you pay and your end benefits. your employer will make a choice for you. Check the costs and whether you � � Compare the fees and charges and ask product providers if they pay any commission to sales people as For more information and help with your superannuation questions. Disclaimer: This publication provides general information only and may not be relied on as personal legal or financial advice. Check these features when you start comparing super products and you will be off to a great start. If you think about this now and get involved you will enjoy seeing your super grow quickly and make confident investment choices throughout your working life. Your savings begin to grow when you start work In most cases your employer is obligated under the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) system to pay 9% of your wages into super. A Product Disclosure statement can be obtained from the issuer by calling 1800 675 839. It's helpful if you have this information ready when you start your new job. The choice is yours When you start your new job your employer will give you a Standard Choice form which will allow you to nominate your super fund of choice. As well as your super fund details your employer will also ask you to provide your Tax File Number (TFN) and bank account details (including the BSB). Prime Super (ABN 60 562 335 823) is a Regulated Superannuation Fund issued by Farm Plan Pty Limited (ABN 81 067 241 016. By reading the Product Disclosure Statement you can compare investment options and performance as well as understand the balance between investment risk and rewards. can also tailor the cover to suit your own particular circumstances. � � You can grow your super quickly if you make personal contributions. If you don't make a nomination. What you can do to make the most of your super There are some important facts to remember when you are starting your super. deducted regularly from your pay. What is super? Superannuation is money you save and invest while you are working. It can be easy to lose track of your super if you change super funds each time you change jobs and you may end up paying more in fees than you need to. your super fund or the Tax Office. you can contact Pat Breuer from Prime Super on 0429 410 426. There are eligibility rules. � � One of the important features of most super funds is that it is portable. This means that you can take it with you if you change jobs. � � Your super fund will generally allow you to make a choice about where your savings are invested. AFSL 219723). � � Many super funds offer valuable 'automatic' or default insurance cover.Make the most of your super when you start work. so check with your employer. to live on when you retire. . One of the important benefits of saving your money in superannuation is that it offers tax advantages which are generally not available in other forms of investment.

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