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Food and drink factory worker

Food and drink factory workers help produce and package food and beverage products. Victorians are increasingly food savvy. This industry is growing and needs more workers.

Find out what a food and drink factory worker does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a food and drink factory worker?

Food and drink factory workers produce and package food in an industrial setting. In this job you may work different hours of the day or night, which may be on a rotating basis. You might clean and sterilise work areas, mix ingredients, package and bottle products, and operate machines.

This is a good job for people who are organised, practical and delivery-focused.  

Find out more about food and drink factory workers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related vocational and education training (VET) courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for food and drink factory workers in Australia is $1,310.  

Source: Labour Market Insights(opens in a new window)

Please note this salary is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for food and drink factory worker jobs in Victoria. Figures are shown for current workers in 2023, and the expected number of new workers that will be needed by 2026.

Note that the ‘growth percentage’ and ‘new workers needed’ figures take into account replacing workers who are expected to retire in the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1,4470.7%142
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan3060.3%26
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1,9730.5%179
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,1790.3%100
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1,4270.2%117
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,0760.3%92
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)5330.4%47
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)6170.5%57
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)4530.6%43
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)670.0%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)2160.7%21
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)6590.4%59
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)4110.9%42
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)3840.1%31

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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