Tree Faller

Also known as Tree Feller.
Fells trees in forests, and trims and saws them into logs. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 1 year
Average pay $47,572
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 200

What does a Tree Faller do?

  • maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
  • killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
  • collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
  • applying fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas
  • maintaining look-out for fires in forests
  • removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs
  • assisting with loading and transporting logs
  • planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
  • clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling


  • Hardwood Faller
  • Softwood Faller

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Forest Growing and Management
Certificate II in Harvesting and Haulage
Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage
Trim and Cut Felled Trees