1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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FREIGHT AND FURNITURE HANDLERS load and unload freight trucks, containers and rail cars or use moving equipment to transfer cargo between ships and other forms of transport or storage facilities.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this unit group is completion of compulsory secondary education or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • performing clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage or despatch
  • labelling goods with customers' details and destinations
  • loading goods into trucks, containers or rail wagons and securing loads
  • opening and closing hatches and securing cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
  • transferring loads using moving equipment and directing equipment operations using communication systems
  • stacking cargo on pallets, trays, flats and slings to facilitate transfer to and from ships
  • assisting in tying down loads and covering them with tarpaulins
  • guiding truck drivers into loading bays or through confined spaces


This section contains the following subsection :
              9992-11 Freight Handler (Road and Rail)
              9992-13 Waterside Worker
              9992-15 Truck Driver's Offsider

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