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.

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

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

Download the 2021-22 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 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 sources: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020 and Mobsby, D, Steven, AH and Curtotti, R, 2020, Australian fisheries and aquaculture outlook 2020, ABARES, Canberra