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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Jillaroo.

Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) undertake a range of activities on cattle and sheep stations.

Jackaroos and jillaroos spend most of their time working outdoors.

They may live in shared accommodation on the property or occasionally in the house of the owner or manager.


    Jackaroos and jillaroos may perform the following tasks:

  • care for livestock and treat minor injuries and illness
  • muster on horseback or motorbike
  • maintain station equipment and inspect, repair or replace fences, gates and yards
  • use and maintain vehicles and heavy machinery
  • undertake farming work such as cultivation and haymaking
  • assist with light household duties
  • undertake clerical and administrative tasks


  • enjoy working outdoors
  • able to deal confidently with people
  • good communication and organisation skills
  • able to make accurate observations
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and often heavy work
  • able to endure isolation and limited social contact
  • interested in animals and their welfare
  • able to handle animals with confidence and patience

Interest Area

Outdoor Manual/Practical


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a jackaroo or jillaroo without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in agriculture or rural operations. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

You can also become a jackaroo or jillaroo through a traineeship in Agriculture or Rural Operations.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Australia has some of the world's largest cattle and sheep stations. Demand for the occupation varies seasonally and is influenced by international export markets.

Pastoral companies find little difficulty in attracting prospective jackaroos and jillaroos. However, turnover is fairly high as applicants often do not have a clear picture of the conditions under which they may be expected to work, or of the type of work they will be required to do.

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