Agribusiness, Horticulture & Fishing

Jackaroo/Jillaroo

Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) are stationhands who do a variety of tasks on cattle or sheep stations.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Jackaroo/Jillaroo do?

Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) are stationhands who do a variety of tasks on cattle or sheep stations.

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Work activities

As a jackaroo or jillaroo, you would:

  • look after the welfare of livestock and treat any illnesses
  • muster livestock on horseback or motorbike
  • inspect and repair fencing, gates, animal yards or water troughs on the station
  • do any crop or farming tasks as required on the station
  • use heavy farming machinery
  • maintain station equipment.
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Key skills and interests

To become a jackaroo or jillaroo, you would need:

  • to be confident around animals
  • to enjoy outdoors work
  • to be physically fit
  • have a knowledge of farming equipment and farming in general
  • resilience
  • good teamwork skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a jackaroo or jillaroo you would work long hours but the work may be seasonal. Working in the evenings, at weekends and holidays is normal.

Conditions

You would work outdoors in all sorts of weather. The work would be dusty and dirty and would not suit someone with allergies to animals.

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How to become an Jackaroo/Jillaroo?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a jackaroo or jillaroo. You would get some training on the job.

You could also become a jackaroo or jillaroo through a traineeship in Agriculture or Rural Operations. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

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Employment of farmworkers, including jackaros and jillaroos, is projected to decline somewhat.

Fewer jackaroos or jillaroos may be needed as livestock establishments continue to consolidate, and technological advancements in mustering and caring for livestock become more prevalent.

However, this is an occupation that requires a certain character and resilience, and may not suit many people, so opportunities may therefore continue to be available to those who are interested to pursue it as a career.

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