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Overview

The Gas industry supplies natural gas via transmission and distribution pipelines, and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) via cylinders, to a variety of domestic and manufacturing customers. It does not include the extraction of gas from its source (this is covered by mining), nor the installation or maintenance of gas appliances within domestic or manufacturing environments (gas fitting).

What does this industry cover?

  • Gas supply transmission
  • Gas supply distribution
  • LPG gas transport

Industry Information

The gas industry is a major supplier of energy to Australian homes and factories, supplying around 24% of all energy consumption. Gas is supplied as natural gas, which is carried by pipeline systems, or as Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) which is carried in a range of vessels. When natural gas is chilled to minus 160 degrees it forms Liquid Natural Gas or LNG which can also be carried in tankers or cylinders.

  • There are only 100 employers in the gas industry, but only 10% employ more than 20 people

  • 17,000 people work in the gas industry. This number is expected to remain stable until 2020, but is an increase from 5 years ago.

Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in this industry are low.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 60

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupation

Gas Industry Field Worker

Gas Supply Pipeline Operator

Gas Industry Operators

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The  Gas Industry 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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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
  • Gas Energy Australia
  • Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
  • Australian Energy Council
  • Energy Networks Australia
  • Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Energy Users Association of Australia

Regulators

  • Australian Energy Regulator

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