The Manufacturing industry and related sectors are a large employer with over one million employees. Manufacturing is categorised into many industries often depending on a specific focus of raw materials, products or processes.

Some parts of the manufacturing industry in Australia has been in decline since the early 1960s as other industries have risen in prominence. However, manufacturing is a major contributor to the state economies of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Its future is tied up with technological advances and integrating solutions from conception through to meeting the needs of clients.

There are many sectors related to the Manufacturing industry that you can access through the links below.

What does this industry cover?

  • Process manufacturing
  • Recreational vehicle manufacture, service and sales 
  • Production management (analysing and making more efficient an actual manufacturing process)
  • Surface preparation and coating

Industry Information

The skills profile of the manufacturing industry covers production workers, tradespeople, technicians and associate professionals as well as professionals.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements are good in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 459

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

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

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

This industry is positioned within the following groups


Manufacturing & Production

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

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

Job Pathway Charts

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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. 


  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd 

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