It has come to my attention what is the biggest load of crap I have seen on the Wool Industry since B.W.K.- Elders Australia P/L V Westgate Wool Company P/L [ 2004]. FCA 962
It is on a par with PETA's efforts over the last couple of years, but not as serious as the above.
Open Universities Australia, has a page on their website under Career Advice, which says.
Quick Summary. ( their words)
Starting salary.$36,000 P/A
Senior salary, $62,500 P/A
Average salary, $50,000 P/A.
Employment levels 16,600 as of November 2012.
16,600 in 2017)
Average weekly hours worked for a full time Wool Classer is 39.3 hours.
The three top regions for employment as a Wool Classer include.
Qld 29.3 %
N.S.W. 23.7 %
( end of summary)
It is dishonest to deliberately mislead prospective students with lies to entice them into any occupation.
Who are the Clowns who wrote the above for Open Universities Australia. I hope none of the prospective students fall for this rubbish, I doubt if many would, but just in case a few may be considering Wool Classing as an occupation, I will debunk some of the
most obvious lies.
1 : 16,600 Wool Classers on an average salary of $50,000. P/A = $830.000,000. In 2012 , This is about 30% of the annual value of the entire Australian wool clip. I don't think Wool
Growers would be too keen on that.
2 : 4,864 of those Wool Classers, Open Universities Australia alleges are in Queensland. Latest figures indicate there are only 1,820,000. sheep in Queensland,
374 sheep or 11 bales of wool for each Wool Classer. How stupid is that.
3 : On the advice from Open Universities Australia, a full time Wool Classer works 39.3 hours per week. We take
full time to mean all year. In 2012. To earn the average of $ 50,000. This is rubbish. The Registrar of Wool Classers. The Australian Wool Exchange, who have a category of Master Wool Classers. About 180 in total, " the best of the best". On their
own figures they only work about 13 weeks per year and class 1,300 bales each on average.
How can Open Universities Australia get away with printing such shonky figures. How many of their other Career
Advice, Quick Summmaries are just as ridiculous, surely this is not the only one.
I would bet there are more Farriers earning a full time living in Austalia than Wool Classers.
If there are 50 Wool Classers in Australia earning $50,000. P/A I will walk to Bourke.
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