1212 Horticultural Crop Growers

Horticultural Crop Growers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to grow horticultural crops such as flowers, fruit, grapes, nuts, turf and vegetables.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • planning and coordinating the production and marketing of horticultural crops, from soil preparation to harvest, taking into account environmental and market factors
  • planning crop production and selecting seeds, seedlings, bulbs and plant stock
  • coordinating and developing strategies for cultivating, fertilising and watering to maintain optimal production, crop health and growing conditions
  • organising farming operations and routines, such as collecting, storing, grading and packaging produce
  • planning and coordinating the sale, purchase and despatch of produce
  • directing and overseeing general farming activities to maintain crop health by managing biosecurity and other risks and controlling pests and weeds
  • planning and overseeing the provision and maintenance of infrastructure such as equipment, machinery, sheds and water supply systems and irrigation systems
  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity, and planning production accordingly
  • overseeing data collection and analysis and farm technology systems
  • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors


  • 121212 Flower Grower
  • 121213 Fruit or Nut Grower
  • 121215 Grape Grower
  • 121216 Mixed Crop Farmer
  • 121221 Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ)
  • 121299 Crop Growers nec