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$1,317 per week


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.


  • 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.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become a Freight and Furniture Handler

  • You can work as a Freight or Furniture Handler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in transport and logistics (rail operations), road transport (freight handler), warehousing operations, driving operations or stevedoring might be helpful.

Skills employers are looking for

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  • Communication Skills

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  • Transportation Logistics

  • Team Work/ Collaboration

  • Organisational Skills

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