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Station Hand (Sheep) Jobs in Australia


Alternative Title:

  • Sheep Farm Worker

Performs routine tasks on a sheep farm such as feeding and herding sheep into pens in preparation for branding, shearing, crutching, and yarding for sale.

Skill Level: 4

ANZSCO CODE - 842317

Major Group 8 - Labourers
Sub-Major Group 84 - Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
Minor Group 842 - Farm Workers
Unit Group 8423 - Livestock Farm Workers

Unit Group 8423: Livestock Farm Workers

Livestock Farm Workers perform routine tasks in livestock, meat, milk, egg and wool production.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. 

The occupations Stablehand, Wool Handler and Livestock Farm Workers nec have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.


Tasks Include:

  • assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock, including by patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock
  • providing livestock with feed and water and implementing livestock feeding and welfare programs
  • carrying out livestock birthing or hatching, and rearing of young livestock duties
  • establishing pastures and crops for livestock production
  • herding and droving livestock to access feed as well as for shearing, milking and other farming operations
  • washing and cleaning udders, and using and sterilising milking machines and performing milking shed hygiene processes
  • collecting eggs and placing in incubators
  • collecting and spreading fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales
  • undertaking animal husbandry duties for livestock such as lamb and calf marking, mulesing, foot paring and hoof care
  • exercising horses by walking, riding (excluding galloping), leading and swimming, and attending to horses at track work, barrier trials and races
  • undertaking general farming and maintenance activities such as erecting and repairing fences, maintaining and cleaning livestock housing and maintaining other infrastructure
  • operating and maintaining general farm machinery and water supply and irrigation systems
  • operating data collection and farm technology systems
  • assembling, preparing and storing livestock feed, bedding and handling equipment, including horse equipment

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