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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org.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.wapitc.au or the Western Australian Primary Industries Training Council website at www.com.ruralskills. 3 . visit the Rural Skills Australia website at www.

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

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

The more industry experience you have. 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. Also. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture 6 .au for a list of all training organisations and courses. You may start your training in animal studies as a VET in Schools student under Structured Workplace Learning (see Page 8). check out the Animal Care and Management Pathways guide on Page 86 of this booklet. delivers Animal Care training. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available at newsagents) or visit the TAFEWA website at www.au for course and other information. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study.edu.getactiv8ed. School The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an approved School Based Traineeship. the better your chances will be of gaining employment.TAFE & Private Training Providers Another option in gaining a qualification in Animal Care is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college.ntis.tafe. most TAFE colleges have information officers who can provide you with course information. a Registered Training Organisation. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.appvoc. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries.net website for further information or talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school. although the course may involve work experience.com.gov. Visit the www.wa. You can confirm this by contacting your local Centrelink office. Applied Vocational Training. See their website at www. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. or 800 999 67 for country callers.

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

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

Garden Centres and Landscapers.employer listings under Local Government. 7. 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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Checkout the following websites: www. Another good website which provides a similar service is www. 8.4.com. 7. 9 . A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships. 6. Consider the following entry level training options.gov.conservationvolunteers. Contact your Local Government Authority to see if they employ bush regenerators to manage their natural areas.au.com.com. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Conservation and Land Management see Page 69.gov. This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. Undertake some work experience in the industry.au Have a look at www.au www.calm. Your local office can be accessed through this site. 5. There are a number of volunteer programs available that will increase your chances of gaining employment. Have a look at the website www.nrmjobs. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Conservation and Land Management. water and natural resource management field in Australia and New Zealand.environmentaljobs. The Job Network can help you find employment.com.jobsearch. See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers.au www.wa.au where you will find information about employment opportunities as well as traineeships.au NRM Jobs is a weekly email bulletin which advertises job vacancies and other opportunities in the environment.greencorps.

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. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study.getactiv8ed.au. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. You do not need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study. For details of 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.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. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8). 20 . The more industry experience you have.gov. take into consideration that many Conservation positions are voluntary. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. 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 Conservation and Land Management.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.edu.wa. For more information. tafe. the better your chances of gaining employment. so you may find it difficult to find an employer. or online at www. Check out the TAFEWA Full-time Studies Guide (available from newsagents) for information about full-time courses. although the course may involve work experience. check out the Conservation and Land Management Pathways guide on Page 90 of this booklet. visit the www. However. Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter.

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

22 . produces more litres of milk than cows in the other states.750 employees on farms and in manufacturing jobs. WA dairy farmers are among the most efficient in the nation.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.6 million per annum (GDP) to the state economy. on average. Whilst the industry is small by national standards. The Dairy Industry in WA is mainly concentrated around the South West region and comprises a mix of irrigated and dryland farms. The largest concentration of dairy farms is found within a 200km radius of Bunbury The Western Australian dairy industry contributes more than $9.4 billion. accounting for around % of world dairy trade. running larger operations than the national average. The WA dairy sector employs about 2. Major employers are the four processors. Australia is one of the world’s leading exporters of dairy products. The value of exports is almost $78 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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both within Australia and Overseas. 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.au 3 .au Web: www. Thinking of traveling abroad on a Working Holiday? We may be able to assist with placement into a position before you leave.com.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.com.

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

Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ or any other local newspaper. truck drivers. 3. (Traineeships and Apprenticeships) 33 . See Page 73 for a list of Training Providers. The Job Network can help you find employment. 6. (e.jobsearch. contact the Association on (08) 979 73. A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered Training Organisation which delivers Traineeships. 5. Have a look at www. or visit the newspaper’s websites. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture (Pig Production) see Page 69. Look in the two rural newspapers.com. which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most Newsagents. Your local office can be accessed through this site.wappa. 4.2.au where you will find employment opportunities as well as information about traineeships. This may be a TAFE College or a Private Training Provider.g. They have a vast number of rural employment opportunities. stock agents. 7. The Countryman and Farm Weekly. 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. Also. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. check out the Association’s website at www. Education & Training Australian Apprenticeships Traineeships You can complete a traineeship in Agriculture (Pig Production).gov. To obtain a copy of the Employer Register. distributors etc).au Consider the following entry level training options.

although the course may involve work experience. Some 3 . You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study.wa.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments while you study. For parttime courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. Check with your local Centrelink office about this matter. 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. or 800 999 67 for country callers.ntis.edu. Check out the TAFEWA Handbook for full-time courses (available at newsagents) or online at www.au.gov.tafe. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6500. 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.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.

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

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

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

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

Poultry Farm Management. horticulture and related areas. This qualification may be beneficial for students wishing to enter into further training in the Poultry Industry. Careers include.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. 39 . For further information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. and many more. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Poultry or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. later in life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Seafood industry offers a wide range of employment opportunities along a significant stretch of the State’s coastline.Seafood Industry The Seafood industry.2 billion to the State’s economy. the Seafood industry offers you a wide choice of careers. 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. pearls. Our largest commercial fisheries are western rock lobster. If you are an outdoors person and one who enjoys the ocean. the range and nature of work available is extensive. employs over 5. If you prefer to remain land-based.500 kilometres of coastline which is home to a wide variety of the highest quality seafood in the world. There is also a wide range of entry level training courses being delivered and developed to cater for keen but inexperienced people. Aquaculture.000 people and is the third most important industry in Western Australia after mining and agriculture. with the opportunity of one day being a skipper of a vessel. or positions in the Fisheries compliance sector of the industry. 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. prawns. processing. 6 . which includes the catching. you can find opportunities within the Seafood Processing and Seafood Sales & Distribution areas. Western Australia’s professional fishermen harvest the seafood from the pristine waters along Western Australia’s 12. is a major growth area for the state. The industry contributes an estimated $. From seafaring duties on a boat. scallops and abalone. an important and emerging sector of the 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 also visit some of the dedicated maritime training centres and check out their employment bulletin boards.gov. 7.au and check out the WA Rock Lobster Council’s employment portal at www. 3. Consider the following entry level training options.com.edu. Check out the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website at www. com.au for information about apprenticeships and contact details of other agencies. 8. Check out the Department of Education and Training website at www. Look up likely employers in the Yellow Pages and approach them with your resume. Look up the WA Fishing Industry Council website at www.australianapprenticeships.How to Enter the Seafood Industry 1. 7 . 4.gov.au to explore your career options and employment opportunities.wa. You will also find contact details of your nearest Apprenticeship Centre. 5.au/apprenticentre and click on the Job Board link for information about the employment opportunities in the industry. Look up the employment section of your local newspapers or visit the newspaper’s website. 6. Potential employers often post employment opportunity notices for marine graduates.wafic. Visit the Australian Job Search website at www.jobsearch. such as the Job Network. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart on Page 9 for information about the seasonal employment opportunities in the industry.rocklobsterwa. that can assist you in finding employment.det. 2.

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

Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Seafood 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. Graduate professional and technical positions are available in natural resource management. 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). marine science and other interesting fields of endeavour. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. 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.School School Based Traineeships are available in the Seafood industry in Western Australia. This would give you some relevant industry experience. 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. For more information contact the Department of Education and Training or talk to your School VET Coordinator. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in the primary industries. All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. 9 . The more industry experience you have.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forest and Timber Products The Forest and Timber Products industry has changed a lot since its beginnings in the early 800s. 6. 5. The work environment is high tech where highly skilled workers are required to use the latest equipment. The following are examples of the types of occupations available in each sector of the industry: . . each of which offer a wide range of career opportunities. 2. the industry consists of seven distinct sectors. 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 . Today. 3. when the cutting of trees was done by hand and teams of oxen were used to take the logs to the sawmill. 7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. 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.tafe. horticulture and related areas. 67 .wa.at www. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77).au for a list of all training organisations and courses.net website. for information about full-time courses. 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). or contact the Department of Education and Training. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6. or 800 999 67 for country callers.ntis. 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.getactiv8ed.edu. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website.500. visit the www. The more industry experience you have. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries.au.gov. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.

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

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

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

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

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

wa.Training Providers C.wa.det.edu.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 Applied Vocational Training Challenger TAFE Swan TAFE (08) 956 060 (08) 9239 889 (08) 9267 7500 Conservation and Land Management . 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. that while every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided.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 . it may be incomplete and is subject to change.Y.au/apprenticentre or explore your options under “Courses” on the TAFEWA website at www. Agriculture (including Wool) . Check out the Department of Education and Training’s official list of Registered Training Providers at www.au. Please note.edu.

Training Providers C.Y.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 .Batavia Coast Maritime Institute Challenger TAFE – Fremantle Maritime Centre Coastal & Rural Training Services Great Southern TAFE Kimberley TAFE Swan Maritime Institute 7 . 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 Central West TAFE .

register the training contract.australianapprenticeships. 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.gov. the Living Away From Home Allowance. contact one of the AACs listed below or visit the website at www. organise the payment of the eligible employer financial incentive and. Their role is to help you find a Registered Training Organisation. where applicable.Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs) Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Government to promote traineeships and apprenticeships.

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

cbas. For more information please phone the school on (08) 996 522 or visit the school’s website at www. *Note: where they have completed the entry requirements.au.Catholic Agriculture College Bindoon Catholic Agriculture College Bindoon is a Year 8 to 2 co-educational College for day and residential students.. Tardun Christian Brothers Agricultural College at Tardun is a boarding school for boys in Years 8 to 0. specialising in agriculture.edu. computer studies.au. Christian Brothers Agricultural School. Religious education.wa.000 acres and is located 25 km north of Perth.edu.cacbindoon. physical education and much more are available in the program. sciences. Successful students gain the WA Certificate of Education and can also complete Certificates 1 and II in Agriculture. Boys looking for a career in Agriculture and related industries are well catered for. 77 .wa. The agriculture program provides students with a sound basis for those looking at a career in agriculture and related industries. equine management. hospitality. hospitality. 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. The school is set on 3. Many subjects qualify as vocational education training and gain the student a TAFE certificate. For more information please phone (08) 9576 00 or visit the college website at www. outdoor education and auto workshops.

University of Western Australia www.murdoch.nd.edu. or seeding.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. This is becoming a popular way 78 .Universities University agricultural graduates are in high demand. Please contact these universities for a list of their course outlines.edu.au University of Notre Dame www. Many of these universities not only deliver their courses on campus but also specialise in Distance Education. harvesting.muresk. 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.fnas.curtin.au Curtin University of Technology www.edu.ecu. private organisations and educational institutions.uwa.edu. Degrees also provide graduates with skills for self employment opportunities.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.edu. Practical experience may consist of seasonal employment such as mustering. which may coincide with university holidays. It may also be worth enquiring if any of the units can be offered externally where this study option would suit your situation.au Murdoch University www.

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

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

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

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

au 83 . It offers young people the opportunity to participate in an International Exchange where you can choose from a variety of Agriculture.agriventure. Horticulture.com. It’s a great way to work. Visit the website at www. Home Management or combined programs. 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.

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

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

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

gov. You can visit the Centrelink website or call the numbers provided. Centrelink Youth Allowance www. It consists of fortnightly living allowance payments as well as additional components to help with the cost associated with attending school.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.docep.au 87 . Abstudy payments may be able to help you stay at school or go on to further study.centrelink.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.wa. Austudy will help with your study costs. www. WAGELINE For wage information call 300 655 266. Abstudy 13 23 17 For Indigenous students. Austudy 13 24 90 If you are aged over 25 and enrolled as a full-time student.

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Conservation and Land Management and Animal Care.Level 3 (Trade Level) Certificate III in Agriculture Certificate II in Agriculture Farm/Station Worker Traineeship .Level 2 (Agricultural College Level) Certificate I in Rural Operations (High School Level) Similar qualification pathways exist in Horticulture.NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE Agricultural Business Owner Agricultural Business Manager TAFE Lecturer Advanced Diploma in Agriculture Diploma in Agriculture Agriculture Business Manager Agricultural College Trainer Certificate IV in Agriculture Supervisor Agricultural Department Tech Quarantine Inspector Traineeship .Level 4 Farm Operations Traineeship . 95 .

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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). What you can do to make the most of your super There are some important facts to remember when you are starting your super. There are eligibility rules. By reading the Product Disclosure Statement you can compare investment options and performance as well as understand the balance between investment risk and rewards. If you don't make a nomination.Make the most of your super when you start work. This means that you can take it with you if you change jobs. A Product Disclosure statement can be obtained from the issuer by calling 1800 675 839. Check these features when you start comparing super products and you will be off to a great start. � � Your super fund will generally allow you to make a choice about where your savings are invested. It's helpful if you have this information ready when you start your new job. 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. � � One of the important features of most super funds is that it is portable. Disclaimer: This publication provides general information only and may not be relied on as personal legal or financial advice. Prime Super (ABN 60 562 335 823) is a Regulated Superannuation Fund issued by Farm Plan Pty Limited (ABN 81 067 241 016. can also tailor the cover to suit your own particular circumstances. 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. to live on when you retire. 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. . this will affect the amount of fees you pay and your end benefits. 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. What is super? Superannuation is money you save and invest while you are working. you can contact Pat Breuer from Prime Super on 0429 410 426. 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. AFSL 219723). � � You can grow your super quickly if you make personal contributions. � � Many super funds offer valuable 'automatic' or default insurance cover. deducted regularly from your pay. so check with your employer. 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. your super fund or the Tax Office.

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