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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry

The Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry consists of two main sectors – pulp production and papermaking.

The industry produces a range of products such as newsprint, medicinal packaging, food packaging and sanitary products using pulp from both recycled paper and sustainably managed wood sources. Paper recycling rates in Australia are amongst the highest in the world with over 69% of all paper and paperboard consumed being recovered.

The two largest employers in the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry are located in regional towns in Victoria and NSW.

What does this industry cover?

The six sub sectors in the pulp and paper manufacturing sector are: pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing, corrugated paperboard and paperboard container manufacturing, paper bag and other paper product manufacturing, paper stationery manufacturing, personal and family product manufacturing and paper product merchandising.

Job hunting information

Experience is not necessary as organisations in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry tend to train their staff in house and not through an apprenticeship or traineeship model.

Skills required are: language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), critical thinking, problem solving and communication.

Information for 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.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to June 2019, commencements were: 0

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 17/12/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

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

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 17/12/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

Due to a low number of Australian Apprenticeships in this industry, no data is available.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Industry Employment Size

This is a small 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 to high.

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

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