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Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector

Overview

The Transmission, Distribution and Rail sectors convey electricity from the generating power stations to the consumer, through networks that include the following sections:

  • The transmission of electricity by overhead towers or poles, at voltages substantially higher than those used for distribution
  • The transmission of electricity by means of underground cables that are usually oil or gas filled
  • The distribution of electricity by overhead conductors and poles in the rail system
  • The distribution of electricity by underground cabling

Licensed occupations and registrations

Electrical Linespersons require licensing by their state or territory authority. The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council has links to each regulator.

What does this industry cover?

  • Building & construction of power transmittors
  • Distribution of power
  • Maintenance & repair of electrical transmittors 
  • Erecting power poles
  • Cabling works

Industry Information

Employers

  • Electricity Transmission – 18 employers
  • Electricity Distribution – 40 employers

Employees

  • Electricity Transmission – 2,000 employees
  • Electricity Distribution – 17,700 employees

 

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 313

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

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have increased, 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 small to medium 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 medium to high.

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

Key Occupations

Power Plant Operators

Electrical Powerline Workers

Cable Joiners

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Type

Practical & Manual.

Analytic & Scientific

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Career Pathways

Electrical Transmission, Distribution & Rail  has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

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Further Research

Information

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. 

Industry

  • Australian Industry Standards
  • Australian Energy Council
  • Energy Networks Australia

Other useful links

  • Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Energy Users Association of Australia
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council

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