Unit Group

8431 Forestry and Logging Workers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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8431 Forestry and Logging Workers

Forestry and Logging Workers perform routine tasks associated in cultivating and maintaining natural and plantation forests, and logging, felling and sawing trees. Tree Surgeons are excluded from this unit group.

Tree Surgeons are included in Unit Group 3625 Arboriculture Workers, in Occupation 362512 Tree Worker.

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 Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

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

At least one year 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.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
  • killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
  • collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
  • applying fertilisers and pesticides to individual trees and general forest areas
  • maintaining look-out for fires in forests
  • removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs
  • assisting with loading and transporting logs
  • planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
  • clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling
  • operating and maintaining manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs


  • 843111 Forestry Worker
  • 843112 Logging Assistant
  • 843113 Tree Faller

843111 Forestry Worker

Assists with cultivating, maintaining and protecting forests. Registration or licensing may be required

Skill Level: 4


  • Tree Planter
  • Tree Thinner (NZ)

843112 Logging Assistant

Alternative Title:

  • Logger

Assists with logging, felling and sawing of trees in forests.

Skill Level: 4

843113 Tree Faller

Alternative Title:

  • Tree Feller

Fells trees in forests, and trims and saws them into logs using chainsaws. Registration or licensing may be required

Skill Level: 4

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