Industry Overview

Australia’s reputation for high quality seafood is underpinned by a dedicated and skilled aquaculture and wild catch workforce. From the salmon farms of Tasmania, to crocodiles in northern Australia, to the commercial fishing operations in almost every coastal town, the industry is widespread across Australia.

The Australian aquaculture and wild catch fishery sector is recognised as among the best-managed industries globally due to sustainable methods and rigorous environmental and biosecurity practices. These practices are constantly evolving and improving through scientific research, so that Australian seafood can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. Collaboration with Indigenous communities is an important focus, allowing traditional techniques to inform contemporary work practices and Indigenous Communities to access training and business opportunities.

The Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee (IRC) covers the following sectors:

  • Aquaculture (offshore and onshore)
  • Commercial fishing
  • Seafood processing
  • Fishery Compliance
  • Seafood Wholesaling

Download the 2019-20 Year in Review for Aquaculture and Wild CatchAWC stats

Want to know more about the work to improve skills standards for this industry?

Industry trends, challenges and opportunities are gathered through consultation with industry and research. They are documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considers to determine future training package (skill standards) projects. Each project is 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, current projects, Skills Forecasts, as well as current units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Statistics sources: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020 and Mobsby, D, Steven, AH and Curtotti, R, 2020, Australian fisheries and aquaculture outlook 2020, ABARES, Canberra