How to become a Jackaroo

Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) undertake a range of activities on cattle and sheep stations.

Personal requirements of a Jackaroo

  • enjoy working outdoors
  • able to deal confidently with people
  • good communication and organisation skills
  • able to make accurate observations
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and often heavy work
  • able to endure isolation and limited social contact
  • interested in animals and their welfare
  • able to handle animals with confidence and patience.

Duties & Tasks of a Jackaroo

Jackaroos and jillaroos may perform the following tasks:

  • care for livestock and treat minor injuries and illness
  • muster on horseback or motorbike
  • maintain station equipment and inspect, repair or replace fences, gates and yards
  • use and maintain vehicles and heavy machinery
  • undertake farming work such as cultivation and haymaking
  • assist with light household duties
  • undertake clerical and administrative tasks.

Working conditions for a Jackaroo

Jackaroos and jillaroos spend most of their time working outdoors. They may live in shared accommodation on the property or occasionally in the house of the owner or manager.

Avg. weekly wage:

$600

Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 33%

NT 0.1%

QLD 21.4%

SA 6.4%

TAS 3.2%

VIC 29.5%

WA 6.4%

Hours worked:

42.4

Unemployment:

above average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 58.8%

Proportion of female workers 41.3%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 16.9%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 34.2%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 21.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 16.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.6%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 61.8%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 51.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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