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Shearer and wool handler training

AWI funds hands-on, practical in-shed training for shearers and wool handlers across the country to attract and retain new entrants into the wool harvesting industry, build the capacity and longevity of existing staff, and increase returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices.

AWI regularly funds and supports hands-on practical in-shed training for shearers and wool handlers to attract and retain new workers, as well as increase workers’ productivity, skills and professionalism.  

AWI-funded trainers carry out the wool harvesting training in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. In Victoria and South Australia, the AWI-funded training is provided by the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc (SCAA SWTI). 

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Left: Boyup Brook, WA | Center: Urrbrae Agricultural High School, SA | Right: WA College of Agriculture Harvey

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Left: Bordertown High School, SA | Center: Hamilton, TAS | Right: Hoban, VIC

Pictured above is a small selection of AWI-funded courses recently run across the country. 

See below for a list of training scheduled nationwide for 2024 – more is planned. Programs are subject to change without notice. Keep an eye on the Facebook channels of @australianwoolinnovation (NSW, WA, Qld) and @shearerwoolhandlertraining (Vic, SA, Tas) for the latest updates.  

AWI thanks all the woolgrowers who provide their facilities and sheep, and all the other organisations and individuals that lend their time and resources to help run this training. 

More information: To arrange training in your state, email craig.french@wool.com or swt@wool.com 

2024 SCHEDULED TRAINING 

New South Wales 

January to June 2024 – dates and locations for the latter six months of the calendar year will be advertised by the end of May. 

Contact pauline.smith@tafensw.edu.au for details about the New England TAFE courses. 

Contact DubboShearing@tafensw.edu.au for details about the Dubbo TAFE courses. 

Contact craig.french@wool.com for details about the other NSW courses. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

15–19 Jan 

Bookham 

Novice school 

5–9 Feb 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Novice school 

12–16 Feb 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Novice school 

12–23 Feb 

Walbundrie 

Novice school 

19–23 Feb 

Canowindra 

Novice school 

26–29 Feb 

Canowindra 

Improver 

26–29 Feb 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Improver 

4–8 March 

Young 

Novice school 

11–22 March 

Steam Plains 

Novice school 

18–22 March 

Jugiong 

Improver 

18–22 March 

Warren 

Improver 

8–12 April 

Inverell - TAFE 

Basic shearing 

8–12 April 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Improver 

15–19 April 

Holbrook 

Improver 

29 April – 3 May 

Daysdale 

Improver 

29 April – 10 May 

Armidale - TAFE 

Cert II shearing 

29 April – 10 May 

Armidale - TAFE 

Cert II wool handling 

29 April – 10 May 

Ivanhoe 

Novice school 

29 April – 10 May 

Armidale - TAFE 

Cert II shearing 

6–10 May 

Cooma 

Novice school 

6–10 May 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Novice school 

13–17 May 

Cooma 

Novice school 

13–17 May 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Novice school 

20–24 May 

Glen Innes - TAFE 

Basic shearing 

3–7 June 

Dubbo - TAFE 

Improver 

17–21 June 

Barraba - TAFE 

Basic shearing 

Victoria 

Contact the SCAA SWTI on 1300 787 984 or admin@swti.edu.au for details. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

15–19 Jan 

Balmoral 

Novice 

29 Jan – 2 Feb 

Gymbowen 

Novice 

12–16 Feb 

Bendigo 

Novice 

26 Feb – 1 March  

Dookie 

Novice 

4–8 March 

Dookie 

Improver 

15–19 April  

Hamilton 

Novice 

6–10 May  

Ballarat 

Novice 

17–21 June 

Inglewood 

Improver 

15 July 

Manangatang 

Novice 

8–12 July 

Omeo 

Novice 

22–26 July 

Telopea Downs 

Improver 

5–9 Aug 

Wycheproof 

Novice 

9–13 Sept 

Wedderburn 

Novice 

14–18 Oct 

Penshurst 

Novice 

11–15 Nov 

Bairnsdale 

Novice 

18–22 Nov 

Nathalia 

Novice 

 

South Australia 

Contact Josh Sneath on 0419 176 750 or email jsneath@swti.edu.au for details. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

22 Jan – 2 Feb 

Konetta 

Improver 

5–16 Feb 

Konetta 

Improver 

59 Feb 

Willalooka  

Novice 

19–23 Feb 

Marrabel  

Novice 

4–15 March 

Pandurra 

Improver 

25–28 March 

Holowiliena 

Improver 

8–12 April 

Langhorne Creek 

Novice 

6–24 May 

Teetulpa 

Improver 

13–17 May 

Cummins 

Novice 

13–24 May 

Oakden Hills 

Improver 

27 May – 7 June 

Oakden Hills 

Improver 

3–7 June 

Jamestown 

Novice 

24–28 June 

Streaky Bay 

Novice 

1–5 July 

Pinindi 

Novice 

5–9 Aug 

Karoonda 

Novice 

19–23 Aug 

Ki Ki 

Novice 

9–13 Sept 

Yorke Peninsula 

Novice 

23–27 Sept 

Roseworthy Campus 

Novice 

28 Oct – 1 Nov 

Furner 

Novice 

2–6 Dec 

Parndana KI 

Novice 

 

Western Australia 

Contact craig.french@wool.com or valerie.pretzel@wool.com for details. Specific dates in each particular month are still being finalised. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

Jan 

Boyup Brook 

Novice 

Feb 

Boyup Brook 

Novice 

March 

Muresk 

CRT workshop 

March 

Boyup Brook 

Industry workshop 

April 

Boyup Brook 

Novice 

May 

Boyup Brook 

Improver 

June 

Muresk 

Novice 

June 

Muresk 

High school workshop 

June 

Muresk 

Industry workshop 

June 

Narrogin 

Trainers consistency workshop 

July 

Esperance 

Novice 

July 

Esperance 

Improver 

July 

Badgingarra 

Novice 

July 

Badgingarra 

Improver 

Aug 

Lake Grace 

Wool handling 

Aug 

Lake Grace 

Improver 

Aug 

Lake Grace 

Wool handling 

Sept 

Great Southern 

Industry workshop 

Sept 

Perth 

Royal Perth Show 

Oct 

Albany 

Wool handling 

Oct 

Boyup Brook 

Novice 

Oct 

Katanning 

National Sports Shear 

Nov 

Boyup Brook 

Novice 

Dec 

Boyup Brook 

Improver 

 

Queensland 

Contact craig.french@wool.com for details. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

15–19 April 

Tambo AWI/RESQ 

Novice 

May (dates TBC) 

St George 

Novice  

June (dates TBC) 

Barcaldine 

Improver 

2–6 Sept 

Tambo AWI/RESQ 

Novice  

 

Tasmania 

Locky West on 0400 865 631 or email lachlan.west@wool.com for details. 

Dates 

Location 

Level 

5–9 Feb 

Bothwell 

Novice 

12–16 Feb 

Bothwell 

Improver 

6–10 May 

Ross 

Novice 

29 July – 2 Aug 

Fingal 

Improver 

5–9 Aug 

Fingal 

Novice 

18–22 Nov 

Gretna 

Novice 

 

This article appeared in the March 2024 edition of AWI’s Beyond the Bale magazine. Reproduction of the article is encouraged. 

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