There were 2138 agricultural jobs created in Tasmania between the 2017/18 and 2019/20 financial years. 


Industry Overview

28% of land in Tasmania is used for agriculture (ABARES 2020). 

Agriculture refers to both the growing and cultivation of horticultural and other crops (excluding forestry), and the controlled breeding, raising or farming of animals (excluding aquaculture) (ANZSIC 2006)

An overview of occupations and training pathways in agriculture and food processing is provided by the Australian government’s National Careers Institute.

In Tasmania the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector employs 16,400 people, representing 7 per cent of the state’s workforce (ABS 2020).

The Tasmanian agriculture industry includes:

  • Sheep: e.g. superfine saxon merino wool
  • Meat: e.g. lamb, venison, beef
  • Vineyards: e.g. cool climate wines
  • Pharmaceuticals: e.g.  poppy plants
  • Insecticide: e.g. pyrethrum, a natural pesticide
  • Fruit: e.g. apple, pear, apricot, cheery trees
  • Hops: e.g. craft beer and cider
  • Honey: e.g. leatherwood honey
  • Dairy: e.g. milk and cheese products



The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that in 2018-19, the 1979 farms in Tasmania added $1.6 billion to the economy. 57% of this was from milk ($457 million), cattle ($342 million) and potatoes ($127 million).

Industry peak bodies 

Industry awareness



Qualifications refer to nationally recognised qualifications. 

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, many agribusiness owners and managers learn ‘on the job’, however the number of staff with degrees in the agriculture industry has been growing. 

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
TasTAFE has courses in Primary Industries, Horticulture and Environment and an Agriskill Entry program



VET qualifications relate to position responsibilities:

  • Certificate II – an entry-level role where direct supervision is required (e.g. Certificate II in horticulture)
  • Certificate III – trade level certificate where broad supervision /direction is required (e.g. Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management)
  • Certificate IV – team leader/supervisor or technical skills (e.g. Certificate IV in Wool Classing)
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma – management level operations or technical roles. (e.g. Diploma of Agribusiness Management)

The University of Tasmania:

The University of Tasmania lists courses and careers in Agriculture


Career Development

Industry training
Industry training can be free or fee-for-service. 

  • Primary Employers Tasmania have an AgCard pre-induction tool focused on safety and human resource matters in the agriculture sector. 
  • Click Buy Learn is a curated a collection of non-accredited short courses derived from the Rural Skills Australia accredited courses. 



Self-directed learning
You are in charge of learning about the industry to support your networking. 

Career skills
Skills to manage your career because getting a job is just the beginning!



Industry networks
Networks function on reciprocity; you get out what you put in. 



Subscribing to industry news is a way to identify people or events to connect with.

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What Employers Want

Job advertisements highlight valuable skills: 

  • Drivers’ license
  • Truck license desirable.
  • Spraying experience.
  • Chemical certificate.
  • Forklift license.
  • First Aid Certificate



Job advertisements highlight some employer questions to prepare for: 

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver’s licence?
  • Are you available to work outside your usual hours when required? (e.g. weekends, evenings, public holidays)
  • Are you willing to relocate for this role?
  • Have you worked in a role that requires a sound understanding of OH&S/WH?


Finding Jobs in Tasmania



  • Career One and Indeed and Jora source jobs from other places so sometimes you find something new.
  • Gumtree Jobs is a community job board often for more entry level positions which could help get experience for another position.




  • Job Active is the Australian Government job board curating jobs from many sources.
  • Seek jobs can have search alerts by location for Farming, Animals and Conservation jobs.
  • Tasmanian Government Jobs may have positions with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Recruitment agencies 

  • Linx Employment Tasmania does labour hire in the agricultural sector if you want to start with an entry level job to get experience.
  • Searson Buck manages the fixed term register for the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.   


Job Seeker Tips

Safety is prized by employers.

Learn about the ‘lingo’ by hearing people speak about the industry.




The industry uses Facebook more than LinkedIn.

  • Tidy up your Facebook profile, history, and privacy settings to be employer-ready.
  • Use Facebook to network with industry bodies by following, liking, joining groups. 
  • Let people know that you’re looking for opportunities and direct people to your LinkedIn profile for more information.
A licence and reliable vehicle are essential to access agricultural jobs. 



The Migrant Network acknowledges the invaluable input from industry.

"I’ve just enjoyed to be part of this project. It is always great to have the opportunity to help others. Thank you for inviting me for it!" Skilled migrant, 19 April 2021.

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    Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting people from migrant and humanitarian backgrounds to settle successfully in Tasmania since 1979.

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    Migrant Network Tasmania draws on the goodwill, stories and tips of migrants and the wider community to help fellow migrants to establish lives and careers in Tasmania.