Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry generally refers to those involved in growing crops and breeding livestock, as well as commercial forests and fisheries.

Some things to consider when thinking about supporting and promoting healthy living activities in this industry include:

  • While work in this sector can be physically demanding, there are many jobs which can involve large amounts of sedentary work, for example operating machinery while sitting.

The data below provides information on the health risks of the people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, weight, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
20%
40%
70%
64%
26%
63%
47%
30%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average