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Waterside Worker

Also known as Stevedore, Wharf Labourer.

Transfers cargo between ships and other forms of transport or storage facilities.


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
Job prospects for Freight and Furniture Handlers in Victoria

Occupations in the Freight and Furniture Handlers group include Freight Handler (Rail or Road), Truck Driver's Offsider and Waterside Worker.

Employment prospects
There are currently 3,800 Freight and Furniture Handlers in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$1,150.40

Hourly earnings
$30.10

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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