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Automotive Retail, Service and Repair


This Automotive Retail, Service and Repair sector is by far the largest component within the Australian automotive industry, accounting for approximately 87% of employment within the industry.

What does this industry cover?

  • Vehicle and parts wholesaling
  • Vehicle servicing and repair
  • Motorcycle servicing and repair
  • Vehicle sales
  • Retail fuel
  • Motorsport
  • Agricultural machinery and equipment - sales, service and repair
  • Bicycles - sales and repair
  • Vehicle aftermarket sales
  • Heavy vehicle service and repair
  • Boating service and repairs
  • Automotive trimming
  • Power equipment service and repair

Industry Information

There were over 64,000 registered businesses operating within the automotive industry nationally in 2013 including over 35,000 small to medium sized businesses employing less than 19 people.

There were over 3,500 new vehicle dealerships in Australia in 2016.

Of the total workforce in 2015, 35% were employed in automotive repair and maintenance. This is followed by motor vehicle and parts retailing at 26%, and motor vehicle and parts manufacturing at less than 13%.

In 2015 there were 370,000 workers in the total Automotive workforce.

Women represent approximately 13% of the workforce.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship commencements are good in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 11 649

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

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Key Occupations

Car Mechanic

Vehicle Body Repair Technician

Automotive Painting Technician

Automotive Electrician

Mobile Plant Technician

This industry is positioned in the following groups


Automotive & Boating

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Automotive Retail, Service and Repair has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 


  • Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
  • Motor Traders Association
  • Truck Industry Council
  • Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia 

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