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Amenity Horticulture and Conservation

Overview

This page provides high level information and data on the Amenity Horticulture and Conservation industry which comprises three main industry sectors:

As of 2016, the industry included 11,051 gardening businesses, 14,751 landscape construction businesses, and 120 conservation operators. The industry is diverse and businesses and organisations operate across the following sub-sectors:

  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape Services
  • Gardening Services
  • Turf and Sports Turf Management
  • Production Nursery
  • Retail Nursery
  • Nature Reserves and Conservation Parks
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Land Care and Management.

Nationally recognised training for the Amenity Horticulture and Conservation industry is delivered under the AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

For more information and data specific to Amenity Horticulture and LandscapingConservation and Land Management and Production Horticulture please visit the respective pages.

Information sourced from the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017–2020.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Industry cluster snapshot

Employment and training snapshot

The employment level in the Parks and Gardens Operations industry sector trended upwards between 2000 and 2012. It has fluctuated somewhat since then and was at approximately 20,500 in 2017. The industry employment level in the year 2022 is projected to be similar to that of 2017.

Environmental Scientists made up over 13% of the Parks and Gardens Operations workforce with Gardeners making up just under 10%. The employment level in both of these occupations is projected to grow over the next five years.

Program enrolments in Amenity Horticulture and Conservation-related qualifications during 2016 were approximately 22,500, which has increased from around 20,000 during 2014.

 

Industry insights on skills needs

The Amenity Horticulture and Conservation industry is diverse and operates in an environment that is shaped by a range of natural factors, as well as by policy frameworks at state/territory, national and international levels. The Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017–2020 highlights the development of innovative technologies as essential in adapting to changes in land and water availability, biosecurity, and climatic conditions. Accordingly the industry will require a workforce sufficiently skilled in utilising these new technologies.

The Skills Forecast identifies the following technology developments within the industry:

  • Global Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and location information.
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) for landscape design.
  • Digital systems that provide computer-controlled watering and monitoring systems for turf growing.
  • Digital tracking systems for animals and endangered species.

For more information on priority skill needs specific to each Amenity Horticulture and Conservation industry sector please visit the Amenity Horticulture and Landscaping and Conservation and Land Management pages.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Arboriculture Australia

Australian Conservation Foundation

Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association

Australian Flower Council

Australian Flower Industry

Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association

Australian Institute of Horticulture

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers

Australian Landcare Council

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian Native Plants Society

Australian Society of Horticultural Science

Australian Wildlife Society

Centralian Land Management Association

Conservation Farmers Inc.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Director of National Parks

Ecological Society of Australia

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Farm Tree & Landcare Association

Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association

Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists

Interior Plantscape Association

International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

International Plant Propagators Society Australia

International Society of Arboriculture

Invasive Plants and Animals Committee

Landcare Australia

Landscaping Australia Incorporated

National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia

National Environment Protection Council

National Environmental Law Association

National Landcare Network

National Landcare Program

National Parks Australia Council

National Urban Forest Alliance

NSW Marine Estate

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia

Parks and Leisure Australia

Parks Australia

Sports Turf Association

State and Territory Weed Management (Government)

The Wilderness Society

Tree Contractors Association Australia

Turf Australia

Turf Grass Association of Australia

Weeds Australia

WildFlowers Australia

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2017, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, employment projections to May 2022
    • 892 Parks and Gardens Operations
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2022
    • 2343 Environmental Scientists
    • 3622 Gardeners
    • 8414 Garden and Nursery Labourers
    • 8993 Handypersons.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), sex, state and territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ06, viewed 31 January 2018 < http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, 2000 to 2017, May Quarter
    • 892 Parks and Gardens Operations.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 3 digit industry and 4 digit level occupations to identify the relevant VET-related occupations in the industry as a proportion of the total workforce
    • 892 Parks and Gardens Operations.

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package
    • AHC20510 - Certificate II in Arboriculture
    • AHC20513 - Certificate II in Arboriculture
    • AHC20516 - Certificate II in Arboriculture
    • AHC20610 - Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC20616 - Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC20910 - Certificate II in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC20916 - Certificate II in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC21610 - Certificate II in Landscaping
    • AHC21616 - Certificate II in Landscaping
    • AHC30810 - Certificate III in Arboriculture
    • AHC30816 - Certificate III in Arboriculture
    • AHC30910 - Certificate III in Landscape Construction
    • AHC30916 - Certificate III in Landscape Construction
    • AHC31010 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC31016 - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC31310 - Certificate III in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC31316 - Certificate III in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC40510 - Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC40516 - Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens
    • AHC40810 - Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC40812 - Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC40816 - Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management
    • AHC50510 - Diploma of Arboriculture
    • AHC50516 - Diploma of Arboriculture
    • AHC50610 - Diploma of Landscape Design
    • AHC50710 - Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
    • AHC51010 - Diploma of Sports Turf Management
    • RTF20203 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RTF20403 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RTF20703 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RTF20803 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Turf)
    • RTF30203 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RTF30403 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RTF30703 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RTF30803 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf)
    • RTF40203 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RTF40403 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RTF40703 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RTF40803 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Turf)
    • RTF50203 - Diploma of Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RTF50403 - Diploma of Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RTF50703 - Diploma of Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RTF50803 - Diploma of Horticulture (Turf)
    • RUH20298 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RUH20498 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RUH20698 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RUH20798 - Certificate II in Horticulture (Turf Management)
    • RUH30298 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RUH30498 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RUH30698 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RUH30798 - Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf Management)
    • RUH40298 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RUH40498 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Landscape)
    • RUH40698 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens)
    • RUH40798 - Certificate IV in Horticulture (Turf Management)
    • RUH60298 - Advanced Diploma of Horticulture (Arboriculture)
    • RUH60798 - Advanced Diploma of Horticulture (Turf Management)
    • AHC10110 - Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC10116 - Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC21010 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC21016 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC31410 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC31416 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC31510 - Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management
    • AHC31516 - Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management
    • AHC31610 - Certificate III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife
    • AHC31710 - Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration
    • AHC32310 - Certificate III in Conservation Earthworks
    • AHC32513 - Certificate III in Aboriginal-sites Work
    • AHC32516 - Certificate III in Aboriginal Sites Work
    • AHC40910 - Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC40916 - Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC51110 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC51116 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
    • AHC51210 - Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation
    • AHC60410 - Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
    • RTD10102 - Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
    • RTD20102 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
    • RTD30102 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
    • RTD40102 - Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
    • RTD50102 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 subject enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

Updated: 02 Oct 2018
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