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Horticultural Crop Growers
Unit Group

Horticultural Crop Growers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to grow horticultural crops such as flowers, fruit, grapes, nuts, turf and vegetables.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • planning and coordinating the production and marketing of horticultural crops, from soil preparation to harvest, taking into account environmental and market factors
  • planning crop production and selecting seeds, seedlings, bulbs and plant stock
  • coordinating and developing strategies for cultivating, fertilising and watering to maintain optimal production, crop health and growing conditions
  • organising farming operations and routines, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce 
  • planning and coordinating the sale, purchase and despatch of produce
  • directing and overseeing general farming activities to maintain crop health by managing biosecurity and other risks and controlling pests and weeds
  • planning and overseeing the provision and maintenance of infrastructure such as equipment, machinery, sheds and water supply systems and irrigation systems
  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity, and planning production accordingly
  • overseeing data collection and analysis and farm technology systems
  • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

Occupations in this unit group

  • 121611 - Flower Grower

    Alternative Title:

    • Floriculturist

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs planting, cultivating and harvesting activities to grow flowering and foliage plants.

    Skill Level: 1


    • Market Gardener (Flowers) (Aus)
  • 121612 - Fruit Grower

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to grow fruit, including table grapes.

    Skill Level: 1


    • Market Gardener (Fruit) (Aus)
    • Olive Grower
    • Orchardist
  • 121613 - Nut Grower

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to grow nuts, excluding those grown as broadacre crops (e.g. peanuts).

    Skill Level: 1

  • 121614 - Production Nursery Grower

    Plans, organises, controls and coordinates the propagation and growing of horticultural plant stock for wholesale. May also grow plants and seedlings for retail customers.

    Skill Level: 1

  • 121615 - Turf Grower

    Alternative Title:

    • Turf Farmer

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to grow turf.

    Skill Level: 1

  • 121616 - Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)

    Alternative Title:

    • Vegetable Farm Manager

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming, greenhouse and market garden operations to grow vegetables.

    Skill Level: 1


    • Market Gardener (Vegetables) (Aus)
  • 121617 - Wine Grape Grower

    Alternative Titles:

    • Vineyard Manager (Wine Grapes)
    • Viticulturist (Wine Grapes)
    • Vigneron

    Plans, organises, controls, coordinates and performs farming operations to grow wine grapes.

    Skill Level: 1

  • 121699 - Horticultural Crop Growers nec

    This occupation group covers Horticultural Crop Growers not elsewhere classified.

    Skill Level: 1

    Occupations in this group include:

    • Coffee Grower
    • Ginger Farmer
    • Hop Farmer
    • Mushroom Grower

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