A male freight handler loads his van supervised by his female manager

Freight and Furniture Handler

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.

Overview

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.

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,317 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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.

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