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ANZSCO 362212 - Registered Migration Australia



An Arborist maintains and cares for trees and shrubs by lopping limbs and shaping branches, treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care. Arborist in Australia is a Skill Level 3 occupation.



Alternative Title


  • Tree Surgeon



Arborist Occupation Lists

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Group: 3622 Gardeners



Job Description - Registered Migration Australia


In Australia an Arborist plants, cultivates, maintains, plans and constructs parks, gardens and landscapes, and inspect, diagnose and treat trees and shrubs. The number of job openings for an Arborist going forward is expected to be high.



  • preparing and maintaining seedbeds and growing sites
  • propagating and planting trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs
  • preparing lawn areas by spreading top soil and planting grass, and by laying instant turf
  • maintaining planted and grassed areas by weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing
  • pruning trees and hedges, and installing plant support and protection devices
  • preparing plans and drawings, selecting materials and plants, and scheduling landscape construction
  • setting out and installing hardscape and soft cape structures
  • constructing gravel and paved areas, walls, fences, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture
  • examining trees to assess their condition and determine treatment
  • lopping limbs off trees and shaping branches using chain and handsaws
  • spraying and dusting plants and trees to control insects and disease, and felling diseased trees


Skill Level

Most occupations in the arborist unit group (Group: 3622) have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. 

In Australia: 
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

In New Zealand: 
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3) 

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Occupations within the Arborist Group



Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same arborist group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL, the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.


Arborist English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate Exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • Arborist is currently assessed with TRA - (Trades Recognition Australia): more information regarding assessment bodies



Average Income

The average salary for an Arborist in Australia is $ 49,657 for male employees and $ 29,543 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 41.9 Females: 35.0 Persons: 41.3


Source: (Group 3622) Gardeners - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016



If you are an experienced arborist and would like to live and work in Australia please contact us.

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