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Skills Tasmania

The Tasmanian workforce

As of May 2019 there were about 248,000 Tasmanians in the workforce. Nearly 152,000 are employed full time and about 96,000 are employed part-time, 131,000 are male and 117,000 are female (ABS Labour force data).

The top five employing industries are:

  • health care and social assistance (14%)
  • retail (11%)
  • education and training (10%)
  • construction (9%)
  • accommodation and food services (8%)

These are also the top five growing industries.

Regions and industries

Industry, business and employment growth varies between regions. The Department of State Growth works across Tasmania’s regions with priority industries to support the development of workforces aligned to emerging needs.

Skills Tasmania works with industries across Tasmania’s regions to identify the jobs of the future and the skills needed for those jobs.

The ID demographic resources – Community Profile, Social Atlas, and Economic Profile – provide easy access to data about industry and workforce across Tasmania and in each region (the north-west, north and south), as well as for each local government area.

Industry and workforce profiles and plans

Industry profiles are available for many key industries in Tasmania, including those identified by the Tasmanian Government as a priority for training and workforce development. More information about priorities for training and workforce development can be found in the Ministerial Priorities for Training and Workforce Development 2018-21.

Recent Workforce Plans and Reports are also available for range of industries. Workforce plans are industry owned, industry led plans for skills development. Workforce plans identify actions which industry and other stakeholders will undertake to support increased workforce development activity, to meet current and future workforce needs.

Useful links

National Careers Institute

National Skills Commission

Labour Market Information Portal

Tasmanian apprenticeships and traineeships

Endorsed Registered Training Organisations

National Centre for Vocational Education Research

Need more information?

Contact the Industry Liaison team.