Waterside Worker

Waterside Workers, also known as freight and furniture handlers, work on docks and in other maritime environments. They load and unload ships and handle cargo for distribution on shore. They also transfer goods and merchandise from ship to ship and from ship to rail or other land-based transportation.

Duties and tasks

  • Guiding ships captains and truck drivers through narrow or confined spaces
  • Loading cargo onto other ships
  • Securing cargo and goods onto ships or other forms of transit
  • Sorting and labelling unloaded products for distribution
  • Taking cargo onto land for distribution to stores and businesses
  • Unloading ships cargo

Skills required

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Active listening skills
  • Physical strength
  • Time management and organisation

Working conditions

Waterside Workers work on or near land but close to major bodies of water. They may stay on shore or board ships to handle cargo. Their work may also take them inland for product distribution.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Furniture Removers Association 

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) 

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) 

Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Commercial Removalist
  • Freight Traffic Controller
  • Import/Export Clerk
  • Office Mover
  • Packer
  • Shipping Officer/Clerk
  • Transport Clerk
  • Truck Despatcher
  • Truck Driver