Careers in the Primary Industry
Great Jobs, Terrific Lifestyle, Exciting Careers, Travel
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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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. visit the Rural Skills Australia website at www. 3 .au or the Western Australian Primary Industries Training Council website at www.ruralskills.org.wapitc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact the Department of Education and Training or your School VET Coordinator. horticulture and related areas. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 79). Some enter tertiary studies directly from school while others identify and pursue a different career later in life. 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. 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. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Irrigation 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 7).School You may start your training in the Irrigation Industry whilst still at school as a School Based Trainee (see Page 69). 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.

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

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

tertiary institutions. 7 . It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8) as the more industry experience you have. 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. later in life. Career possibilities may include working in seafoodprocessing companies.you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Aquaculture. For further information on courses related to this area of study. 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. horticulture and related areas. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. government departments. the better your chances of gaining employment. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Aquaculture or allied industries by gaining a university qualification. Agricultural Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers.

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

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

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

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

4 billion. Major employers are the four processors. Whilst the industry is small by national standards. accounting for around % of world dairy trade. running larger operations than the national average. The Dairy Industry in WA is mainly concentrated around the South West region and comprises a mix of irrigated and dryland farms. The value of exports is almost $78 million. Australia is one of the world’s leading exporters of dairy products. The WA dairy sector employs about 2. produces more litres of milk than cows in the other states.750 employees on farms and in manufacturing jobs. on average. The WA herd is recognised as being the highest producing herd in the country as each cow.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 largest concentration of dairy farms is found within a 200km radius of Bunbury The Western Australian dairy industry contributes more than $9.6 million per annum (GDP) to the state economy. WA dairy farmers are among the most efficient in the nation. 22 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture.wappa. Nutritionist and many more. visit the university websites listed on Page 78. For further information on courses related to this area of study. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Pork or associated industries by gaining a university qualification.au 35 . Hygiene Specialist. 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).com. or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. Career possibilities include a Health Practitioner. visit the www.getactiv8ed. 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). For more information visit their website at www. the better your chances will be of gaining employment.net website or contact the Department of Education and Training. Other The Pork Producer’s Association periodically conducts short courses for those interested in acquiring skills to work in the industry. The more industry experience you have.secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Rural Operations. 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.

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

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

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

Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. later in life. Careers include. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Poultry or associated industries by gaining a university qualification.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. horticulture and related areas. Poultry Farm Management. This qualification may be beneficial for students wishing to enter into further training in the Poultry Industry. 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. 39 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you prefer to remain land-based.Seafood Industry The Seafood industry. Qualifications and sea-time gained in commercial fishing are highly regarded by this fast developing maritime sector. the Seafood industry offers you a wide choice of careers. you can find opportunities within the Seafood Processing and Seafood Sales & Distribution areas. Aquaculture. with the opportunity of one day being a skipper of a vessel. scallops and abalone. pearls. an important and emerging sector of the industry. exporting and retailing of seafood. The Seafood industry offers a wide range of employment opportunities along a significant stretch of the State’s coastline.2 billion to the State’s economy. or positions in the Fisheries compliance sector of the industry. There is also a wide range of entry level training courses being delivered and developed to cater for keen but inexperienced people. which includes the catching. If you are an outdoors person and one who enjoys the ocean. processing. to jobs in the Aquaculture industry (see an earlier chapter of this booklet for more detailed information). From seafaring duties on a boat. prawns. is a major growth area for the state. The industry contributes an estimated $. the range and nature of work available is extensive. employs over 5.500 kilometres of coastline which is home to a wide variety of the highest quality seafood in the world. Western Australia’s professional fishermen harvest the seafood from the pristine waters along Western Australia’s 12. 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.000 people and is the third most important industry in Western Australia after mining and agriculture. Eco–tourism and charter vessel operations are also expanding rapidly and offer great lifestyle opportunities for experienced fisher-people. Our largest commercial fisheries are western rock lobster. 6 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All offer full-time courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognised vocational certificates in agriculture. This would give you some relevant industry experience. Graduate professional and technical positions are available in natural resource management. The more industry experience you have. or contact the Department of Education and Training. For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.net website. Some secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 qualification or units of competency towards a Certificate  or II. 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). Agriculture Colleges Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for secondary students seeking careers in agriculture and related rural industries. Many others enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. 60 . For further information on courses related to this area of study 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.School There are several School Based Traineeships available in the Forest and Timber Products industry in Western Australia. horticulture and related areas. engineering and other fields. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in the Timber or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. later in life. botany/ecology.getactiv8ed. surveying.

Veterinary Nursing If you enjoy working with animals. a Certificate IV qualification must be achieved. 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. 6 . to be registered as a Veterinary Nurse. The websites listed on Page 8 will provide you with information on rural careers involving animal care. However. associated occupations. you will love a career as a Veterinary Nurse. Many potential Veterinary Nurses enter the industry by gaining hands-on work experience in a veterinary practice. If you enjoy working with larger animals. Once they develop their skills and knowledge they can undertake training which will give them a recognised qualification in Veterinary Nursing. Some find work looking after animals in veterinary research or teaching institutions. You could also enter into the area of veterinary practice management. Should you wish to study or seek employment in Veterinary Nursing. have a look at other. 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. it could be advantageous to have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies as this is included in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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

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

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

How to Enter the Viticulture Industry 1. 65 2. There is a shortage of well trained workers in this industry and undertaking formal training will enhance opportunities for employment in the longer term. They monitor the soil. 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). monitor the soils and irrigation systems and look after the trellises and vines. determine the best irrigation strategy for the vines and decide on the disease and pest control program for the vineyard. or visit the newspaper’s website. Look in the employment section of the ‘West Australian’ newspaper or your local community newspaper. vineyard hands prepare the ground for planting. 4. To become a Viticulturist you will need to complete a Bachelors Degree or higher qualification. Under the instruction of the Viticulturist. There are also opportunities to work in cellar operations and cellar door sales. Check out the Seasonal Employment Chart at Page 9 for information about the availability of seasonal employment in the industry.jobsearch.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. You can also phone the “Harvest Trail” hotline on 800 062 332.gov.au and click on the “Harvest Trail” link. For all you need to know about seasonal employment in Viticulture check out the jobsearch website at www. . 3. offered on a casual basis.

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

tafe. the better your chances will be of gaining employment. Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture and the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon (see Page 77). For more information talk to the VET Co-ordinator at your school.ntis. 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. or contact the Department of Education and Training. Another option is to ring the TAFEWA Career Development Centre on (08) 922 6.at www.edu. You can also visit the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.au for a list of all training organisations and courses. 67 .net website.getactiv8ed. 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  in Food Processing (wine growing) or units of competency towards a Certificate 1 or II. The more industry experience you have. or 800 999 67 for country callers.wa. 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.gov. For information about part-time courses and contact details of college information officers look on the same website.500. horticulture and related areas. visit the www.au. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see Page 8).

For further information on courses related to this area of study. 68 . later in life.. wine making. it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on Page 78. consulting.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. and many more. cellar supervision. winery maintenance. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career prospects in Viticulture or associated industries by gaining a university qualification. Careers include marketing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

organise the payment of the eligible employer financial incentive and.gov. contact one of the AACs listed below or visit the website at www. where applicable.australianapprenticeships. Their role is to help you find a Registered Training Organisation. 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 . the Living Away From Home Allowance. register the training contract.au.Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs) Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Government to promote traineeships and apprenticeships. For further information you can telephone the Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 3 38 73.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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