8911 Freight and Furniture Handlers

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ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Freight and Furniture Handlers
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 


FREIGHT AND FURNITURE HANDLERS load and unload trucks, containers and rail cars, and transfer cargo between ships and other forms of transport and storage facilities.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some instances no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.
Tasks Include:

labelling goods with customers' details and destinations
loading goods into trucks, containers and rail wagons, and securing loads
assisting to tie down loads and cover them with tarpaulins
guiding truck drivers into loading bays and through confined spaces
performing clerical functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage and despatch
opening and closing hatches and securing cargo to prevent shifting during voyages
transferring loads using moving equipment and directing equipment operations using communication systems
stacking cargo on pallets, trays, flats and slings to facilitate transfer to and from ships

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012):