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Overview

The Furnishing industry covers a diverse array of sectors from furniture and furnishings, to kitchens, cabinets, glass, window and doors and furnishing design, as well as flooring and picture framing.

What does this industry cover?

  • Residential furniture and furnishings
  • Commercial fit out (office or corporate)
  • Hospitality fit out (hotels, motels & resorts)
  • Design (interior, furnishing & manufacturing)
  • Furniture manufacture 
  • Flooring
  • Glazing

Industry Information

At the end of June 2015, there were 34,393 businesses operating in Australia within the furnishing industry. This includes businesses operating in the services area (glazing services and carpet and tiling services) and also carpet retailing businesses which employ the majority of floor finishers.

The majority of businesses were either single person businesses (54%) or small businesses employing between 1-19 people (43%).

Over 35,000 people work in the furniture manufacturing sector. Some key occupations in the sector are Floor Finishers (12,700), Glaziers (8,300), Cabinetmakers (26,100), Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers (5,600) and Insulation and Home Improvement Installers (19,600).

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are good.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 2849

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 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 low to medium.

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

Key Occupations

Furniture Maker

Glazing Tradesperson

Floor Finisher

Cabinet Maker

Carpet Layer

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Manufacturing & Production

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Creative & Artistic

 

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Career Pathways

Furnishing has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Watch Tyson - Glass & Glazing Apprentice

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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 

  • Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute
  • Furnishing Industry Association of Australia
  • Picture Framers Guild of Australia
  • Australian Glass and Glazing Association
  • Australian Furniture Association
  • Australasian Timber Flooring Association
  • Design Institute of Australia
  • Carpet Institute of Australia

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