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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry

Overview

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

The industry produces products using pulp from both Australian paper recycling and sustainably managed wood sources. Most of the employment is based in no more than 20 operating mills located across the lower South Australian ‐ Victorian border, Latrobe Valley region, Melbourne metro and Tasmania, and New South Wales and South‐East Queensland.

A key growth area is environmentally friendly packaging as a growing number of products are subject to global trade due to a fast-growing global consumption and online shopping.

What does this industry cover?

  • Packaging and industrial paper
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Printing and communications paper
  • Newsprint

Industry Information

The pulp and paper manufacturing industry sector is a significant employer of people in regional and remote areas. Overall, the industry employs just under 15,000 people.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are very low due to the small size of the workforce.

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 2017: 0

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 19/07/2018. 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 Occupations

Chemical Recovery Operator

Steam Generation Operator

Finishing and Converting Operator (Papermaking)

Electricity Generation Operator

Dry End Operator

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Manufacturing & Production

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industries has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

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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

  • The Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association

Governments

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources