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7211 Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators operate agricultural, forestry and horticultural plant to clear and cultivate land, sow and harvest crops, and fell trees and move logs.

Indicative Skill Level:

The occupation Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator in this unit group has 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 occupation Logging Plant Operator in this unit group has 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 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:

  • preparing and positioning plant for operation
  • operating tractor-drawn and self-propelled plant to plough land and sow, fertilise, cultivate and harvest crops, and avoid damaging crops
  • calibrating and monitoring plant performance, including adjusting speed, height and depth of implements as well as distribution or collection rates as needed 

  • operating plant to hold, lift and cut trees
  • operating attachments to lift, swing, release and sort trees and logs, and operating auxiliary plant such as chipping machines and log splitting machines
  • feeding felled trees into processors to strip limbs and cut into logs and loading logs onto stockpiles and into trucks
  • keeping production and work records and writing work reports 
  • servicing plant and performing minor repairs

Occupations:

  • 721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
  • 721112 Logging Plant Operator

721111 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator

Operates agricultural and horticultural plant to clear and cultivate land, and sow, fertilise, spray and harvest crops. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Cotton Picking Machine Operator
  • Harvester Operator
  • Tractor Operator 

721112 Logging Plant Operator

Operates plant to fell trees and drag, transport and load logs onto trucks for forestry conservation and production purposes. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Forwarder Operator
  • Skidder Operator
  • Tree Feller Operator