How much do you get paid on a cattle station?

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

If you are looking to find what you should be getting paid on a cattle station,

according to Australian Government Fairwork Ombudsman, then you need to review the Classifications for cattle and livestock employees under the Pastoral Award.


You can find a list of indicative duties for each level under clause 27 of the Award. The employee’s level is determined by their duties, experience and level of responsibility.




Find your pay here: http://awardviewer.fwo.gov.au/award/show/MA000035#P798_81412


Or you can calculate your Award depending on a number of variable such as age, location, experience, keep etc: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Below are examples for Station Hands:

Station hand award rate 2020

Station hand award rate 2020 source: file:///Users/homefolder/Downloads/pastoral-award-ma000035-pay-guide.pdf (published 2019)


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward



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Farm and livestock hand level 1

An employee at this level includes a Station hand with less than 12 months’ experience in the industry, a Station cook, a Station cook’s offsider and a Cattle farm worker grade A who:


• works under direct supervision either individually or in a team environment

• understands and undertakes basic quality control/assurance procedures including the ability to recognise basic quality deviations/faults

• understands and utilises basic statistical process control procedures.


Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this grade may perform are the following:

• routine mustering

• routine fence repairs

• aerial stock sighting

• repetitive packing and/or unpacking

• kitchen/cooking assistance not involving food preparation.


Feedlot employee level 1 with less than three months’ experience in the industry.


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Farm and livestock hand level 2

An employee at this level includes a Cattle farm worker grade B who:

• performs work above and beyond the skills of a Cattle farm worker grade A and to the level of their training

• is responsible for the quality of their own work subject to routine supervision

• works under routine supervision either individually or in a team environment

• exercises discretion within their level of skills and training.


Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this level may perform are the following:

• receive, check, despatch and record goods received and sent

• assist a tradesperson

• basic non-trades daily maintenance of equipment used by the employee

• sort and cut out stock

• sort and brand yarded stock

• fence repairs

• kitchen/cooking assistance not involving unsupervised food preparation;

• boundary riding

• forklift, overhead crane, winch or tractor operation

• household domestic work other than childcare or child education.


Feedlot employee grade 1 with more than three months’ experience in the industry who:

• works under direct supervision with regular checking of their work.


Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this level may perform are the following:

• perform cattle handling procedures;

• perform cattle health and welfare procedures

• assist with euthanasing livestock

• assist with performance of cattle post-mortem procedures

• transport, handle and store chemicals applicable to primary work area

• prepare and apply chemicals applicable to primary work area

• operate moving plant and equipment competently and efficiently

• perform grain processing procedures

• perform feed manufacture and delivery procedures

• perform hygiene and housekeeping procedures associated with the primary work area

• perform feedlot and environment maintenance procedures;

• possess understanding of industry QA Programs and all site operating procedure

• carry out workplace OH&S procedures.


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Farm and livestock hand level 3

An employee at this level includes:

Station hand who:

• has at least 12 months’ experience in the industry as a station hand, but

• does not conform to the definition of Senior station hand (FLH5).


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Farm and livestock hand level 4

An employee at this level includes a Feedlot employee level 2 who: • has two years experience in the feedlot industry • works under routine supervision with intermittent checking of their work. Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this level may perform are the following: • utilise ability to make independent work decisions at this level • perform cattle handling procedures • perform cattle health and welfare procedures • euthanase livestock • perform cattle post-mortem procedures • select livestock for specific markets • transport, handle and store chemicals applicable to primary work area • prepare and apply chemicals applicable to primary work area • operate moving plant and equipment competently and efficiently • perform grain processing procedures • perform feed manufacture and delivery procedures • perform hygiene and housekeeping procedures associated with the primary work area • perform feedlot and environment maintenance procedures • possess understanding of industry QA programs and all site operating procedure • carry out workplace OH&S procedures.


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Farm and livestock hand level 5

Senior station hand is an employee who: • has at least two years’ experience in the industry • is capable of performing efficiently without supervision any of the tasks reasonably required of them. Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this level may perform are the following: • drive, maintain and operate farm vehicles and machinery • animal husbandry • stock handling • irrigation work • use of chemicals.


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


Farm and livestock hand level 6

An employee at this level includes a Feedlot employee level 3 who: • has Certificate III qualifications • has worked in the feedlot industry for at least two years • works with limited supervision with checking of their work related to overall progress. Indicative of the tasks which an employee at this level may perform are the following: • utilise ability to make independent work decisions • utilise Certificate III qualifications daily in the employee’s primary work area • perform cattle handling procedures • perform cattle health and welfare procedures • euthanase livestock • perform cattle post-mortem procedures • select livestock for specific markets • transport, handle and store chemicals applicable to primary work area • prepare and apply chemicals applicable to primary work area • operate moving plant and equipment competently and efficiently • perform grain processing procedures • perform feed manufacture and delivery procedures • perform hygiene and housekeeping procedures associated with the primary work area • perform feedlot and environment maintenance procedures • possess understanding of industry QA programs and all site operating procedure • carry out workplace OH&S procedures.


Your pay depends on a number of variables such as age, location, experience, keep etc, calculate your award: https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward

Source: Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/my-account/enquiry-details?eid=708229 https://calculate.fairwork.gov.au/FindYourAward


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