Industry Overview

Animals and humans have a long history of coexistence, facilitated by the skills and knowledge of animal care and management. The foundations of the Animal Care and management industries are built on the critical requirements to protect animal welfare and the support of those who work with animals. Skills in this industry promote the safe existence of wildlife, exhibited, working and domestic animals, supporting our broader community and ecosystems. Updating skills in areas such as animal welfare practices, caring for wildlife, and supporting the mental and physical health of employees and the public are ongoing priorities in carrying out this work.

The industry is diverse, including veterinary care, companion and assistance animal management, pet care and training, equine care and animal regulation.

Between 2016 and 2022 Industry Reference Committee (IRCs) were the formal channel for considering industry skills requirements in the development and review of training packages. In 2023, Jobs and Skills Councils will be established to support a greater voice to industry in its skills and training needs.

The Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) covered the following sectors:

  • Veterinary and related services
  • Animal care, handling and welfare
  • Animal breeding services
  • Pet and companion animal services
  • Assistance animal care, training, handling and welfare
  • Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Operations
  • Animal Technology
  • Animal regulation and management

Download the 2021-22 Year in Review for Animal Care and Management

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Industry trends, challenges and opportunities were gathered through consultation with industry stakeholders and research to determine the skills industry will need in the future. They were documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considered to determine future training package (skills standards) projects. Each project was overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and managed by Skills Impact. Click on the menu to the left for more information about the IRC, projects undertaken, Skills Forecasts, as well as units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Statistics sourced: Animal Medicines Australia, 2019, Pets in Australia: A national survey of pets and people and IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020