Minor Group

311 Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians

Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide support to Professionals engaged in agriculture, medicine and science including inspecting animals, plants and agricultural produce.

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 Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2); or
  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2); or
  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • collecting information and samples and conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • inspecting animals, plants, agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing
  • testing samples of produce for quality, size and purity
  • undertaking and assisting in medical analytical procedures, and assisting Anaesthetists, surgical teams and Pharmacists
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
Unit Group

3111 Agricultural, Agritech and Aquaculture Technicians

Agricultural, Agritech and Aquaculture Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural and Fisheries Scientists, Agronomists and Farmers in areas such as research, crop and animal health, production, servicing and marketing.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
  • assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
  • identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops, livestock and aquatic stock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • examining environmental and other factors that influence the growth, health and production of aquatic stock
  • analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • monitoring livestock and aquatic stock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
  • assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop, livestock and aquatic stock strains
  • artificially inseminating livestock for breeding purposes
  • providing advice on breeding selection and techniques
  • providing advice, training and technical support and services on technology solutions such as sensors, farm management software, data and robotics
  • installing, programming, testing, repairing and maintaining animal and crop health monitoring equipment
  • developing, operating and maintaining complex technological systems and equipment used in farm production, including analysing data and preparing reports
  • applying geospatial and other technology systems to support primary production such as automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applications and surveying equipment
  • arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
  • collecting and collating data for research and animal husbandry purposes
  • may advise producers on farming techniques and management and production processes

Occupation:

  • 311112 Agricultural and Agritech Technician
  • 311113 Animal Husbandry Technician
  • 311114 Aquaculture or Fisheries Technician
  • 311115 Irrigation Designer

311112 Agricultural and Agritech Technician

Performs tests and experiments, and provides technical support to assist Agricultural Research Scientists, Agronomists and Aquaculture or Fisheries Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing and advises on, installs and services advanced agriculture technology and equipment such as precision agricultural solutions, virtual fencing, and automatic milking machines.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Agriculture Laboratory Technician
  • Precision Agricultural Technician

311113 Animal Husbandry Technician

Assists Livestock Farmers and Farm Managers in breeding, raising and managing livestock by undertaking technical animal husbandry tasks such as pregnancy testing, artificial insemination, lactation management and providing nutrition assessment and advice.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisation:

  • Artificial Insemination Technician

311114 Aquaculture or Fisheries Technician

Assists Aquaculture Farmers and Fisheries Scientists in raising and managing aquatic stock by undertaking onshore and offshore technical fish husbandry tasks sampling water and analysing data from ponds, pens and tanks and identifying common diseases and pests, and performs tests and experiments and provides technical support in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Fisheries Technical Officer
  • Hatchery Technician (Aquaculture)

311115 Irrigation Designer

Alternative Title:

  • Irrigation Planner

Designs and plans irrigation systems according to licencing, climatic and environmental considerations, water source availability, crop type, and soil characteristics.

Skill Level: 2

Unit Group

3112 Medical Technicians

Medical Technicians operate anaesthetic, cardiac, operating theatre and medical testing equipment, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and fill prescriptions in support of Health Professionals.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

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

The occupations Pathology Collector / Phlebotomist and Operating Theatre Technician have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

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

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, lungs, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
  • undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
  • recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured, and pattern and rhythm interpreted
  • taking, collecting and labelling blood, urine and other samples from patients
  • preparing and staining slides and tissue sections for blood and histological examination
  • performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
  • testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
  • setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
  • referring prescriptions to Pharmacists and assisting in preparing medications
  • operating and maintaining¬† equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring of breathing or sleep disorders

Occupations:

  • 311211 Anaesthetic Technician
  • 311212 Cardiac Technician
  • 311213 Medical Laboratory Technician
  • 311214 Operating Theatre Technician
  • 311215 Pharmacy Technician
  • 311216 Pathology Collector / Phlebotomist
  • 311217 Respiratory Technician
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311211 Anaesthetic Technician

Prepares and maintains anaesthetic equipment for operating theatres or clinics, and assists Anaesthetists during anaesthetic procedures.

Skill Level: 2

311212 Cardiac Technician

Conducts tests on patients to record heart activity using specialised equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments in support of Cardiologists and other Medical Practitioners engaged in diagnosing, monitoring and treating heart disease.

Skill Level: 2. Note that the specialisation Cardiac Technologist is Skill Level 1.

Specialisations:

  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Electrocardiographic Technician

311213 Medical Laboratory Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Medical Laboratory Technical Officer

Performs routine medical laboratory tests and operates diagnostic laboratory equipment under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Pathologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

311214 Operating Theatre Technician

Prepares and maintains an operating theatre and its equipment, assists the surgical team during operations and provides support to patients in the recovery room.

Skill Level: 3

311215 Pharmacy Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Dispensary Technician

Fills and labels patients' prescriptions under the supervision of a Pharmacist. May record details of, place orders for, take stock of, and store medications and medical supplies and deliver them to patients.

Skill Level: 2

311216 Pathology Collector / Phlebotomist

Alternative Title:

  • Specimen Collector

Extracts, collects, labels and preserves blood and other specimens from patients for laboratory analysis.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • Blood Collector

311217 Respiratory Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Sleep Technician

Performs routine lung function tests; uses and maintains diagnostic equipment under the supervision of Respiratory Scientists. Monitors patients on ventilation or those undergoing sleep studies.

Skill Level: 2

Sepcialisation:

  • Neurophysiological Technician

311299 Medical Technicians nec

This occupation group covers Medical Technicians not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 2

Occupations in this group include:

  • Audiometrist
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Electroencephalographic Technician
  • Mortuary Technician
  • Neurophysiological Technician
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician
  • Perfusionist
  • Renal Technician
Unit Group

3113 Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers

Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers inspect animals, plants and agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • inspecting animals, plants and agricultural produce to identify product quality issues, and providing advice to producers
  • developing, implementing, auditing and monitoring quality procedures at farms and food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards
  • testing samples of produce for quality, size and purity ensuring that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles
  • advising primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informing producers and the general public of the health implications of diseases and impurities
  • advising on the identification of pests and diseases and on regulations pertaining to grading, packing and loading of products
  • examining imported plants and animals, and products, such as dairy and meat products, timber, seeds and dried fruits and the conveyances that transport them for biosecurity risks, and issuing directions to control biosecurity risks
  • patrolling and investigating waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life
  • educating, advising and providing information on a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection
  • may initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations

Occupations:

  • 311311 Fisheries Officer
  • 311312 Meat Inspector
  • 311313 Biosecurity Officer
  • 311314¬†Primary Products Quality Assurance Officer
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311311 Fisheries Officer

Alternative Title:

  • Fisheries Inspector

Inspects fishing vessels, gear, licences and catches to ensure that fisheries laws and regulations are obeyed.

Skill Level: 2

311312 Meat Inspector

Inspects animal carcasses, internal organs and meat processing facilities for disease to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality and health.

Skill Level: 2

311313 Biosecurity Officer

Inspects and assesses goods, conveyances, plants, animals, and the environment for biosecurity risk to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and to prevent the incursion and spread of exotic pests and diseases.

Skill Level: 2

311314 Primary Products Quality Assurance Officer

Develops, implements and oversees monitoring, testing and application of quality assurance programs within a primary production or processing enterprise.

May monitor production requirements as they relate to food safety, biosecurity, and quality assurance.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Dairy Quality Assurance Officer

  • Meat Quality Assurance Officer

311399 Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers nec

This occupation group covers Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 2

Unit Group

3114 Science Technicians

Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.

Indicative Skill Level:

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

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collecting information and samples
  • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
  • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
  • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
  • preparing experiments and demonstrations for science classes

Occupations:

  • 311411 Chemistry Technician
  • 311412 Earth Science Technician
  • 311413 Life Science Technician
  • 311414 School Laboratory Technician
  • 311415 Hydrographer
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311411 Chemistry Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Chemistry Technical Officer

Performs laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyses test data and carries out technical functions in support of Chemists or Chemical Engineers in a wide variety of areas such as fuels, agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, paints, metals, plastics, textiles, detergents, paper, fertilisers and cosmetics.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Chemical Instrumentation Officer
  • Chemical Process Analyst
  • Chemistry Laboratory Technician
  • Dairy Laboratory Technician
  • Petroleum Laboratory Technician
  • Sugar Laboratory Assistant

311412 Earth Science Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Earth Science Technical Officer

Collects and tests earth and water samples, records observations and analyses data in support of Geologists or Geophysicists.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Earth Science Laboratory Technician
  • Geochemical Laboratory Technician
  • Geological Technical Officer
  • Geoscience Laboratory Technician
  • Meteorological Observer
  • Seismology Technical Officer
  • Soil Science Technical Officer
  • Water Resources Technical Officer

311413 Life Science Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Life Science Technical Officer

Identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Biological Technical Officer
  • Botanical Technical Officer
  • Ecological Technical Officer
  • Environmental Technical Officer
  • Fisheries Technical Officer
  • Forestry Technical Officer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Wood Technologist
  • Zoology Technical Officer

311414 School Laboratory Technician

Prepares experiments and demonstrations, makes up solutions, prepares slides, orders books and equipment, and tidies up laboratories in support of teaching chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

Skill Level: 2

311415 Hydrographer

Measures, analyses and maintains the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and surveys and maps oceans, seas and rivers.

Skill Level: 2

311499 Science Technicians nec

This occupation group covers Science Technicians not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 2

Occupations in this group include:

  • Calibration Technician
  • Drug and Alcohol Tester
  • Fibre Technologist
  • Fingerprint Expert
  • Textile Technical Officer