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Advanced Manufacturing

Sector workforce & training profile

(updated October 2019)

Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry for the Government and is a component of the overarching manufacturing sector, which covers a range of industry specialisations.

Advanced manufacturing generally refers to globally-oriented, innovative production and process – much of which is based on the use of emerging technologies and capabilities.

Some traditional manufacturing industries have suffered recent declines, however growth in high-value advanced manufacturing has contributed to the greater importance of the sector as a whole to the Tasmanian economy.

With significant State and Federal investment in maritime and defence strategies in particular, the sector is well-placed to establish competitive advantage in relation to its niche, high quality production and processes.

Sector Overview

The advanced manufacturing sector in Tasmania represents a highly diverse sub-set of organisations that compete in local and global supply chains. It includes a wide range of capabilities such as research, design and development, distribution, logistics, operations, maintenance and other related services.

Note: All the following information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified. All information will be updated with further Tasmania specific data as primary research results become available.

Sector Statistics for Manufacturing

Contribution to the economy (2017/18)[1]


Number of jobs  (2017/18)[2]


Median weekly earnings (in main job) [3] (Australia)


Make up of sector by number of employees[4]









[1] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.

[2] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.

[3] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, Table 3.1, August 2018

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2014 to June 2018

Job Roles in Manufacturing

5-10 most common job roles (2016)[5]:


Key information

Food process workers



Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers



Construction, Distribution and Production Managers



Sales Assistants and Salespersons



Stationary Plant Operators



Growth job roles 2011-2016[6]:

Packers and Product Assemblers


Food Trades Workers


Food Preparation Assistants


Hospitality Workers


Miscellaneous Specialist Managers


[5] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

[6] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.

Education and Training

Most common VET qualifications completed (2018)[7]:

Certificate IV

Competitive Systems and Practices


Certificate II

Electrotechnology (Career Start)


Certificate III

Electrotechnology Electrician


Certificate II

Engineering Pathways


Certificate III

Competitive Systems and Practices


Certificate III

Engineering - Fabrication Trade


Certificate III

Engineering - Mechanical Trade


[7] NCVER 2018

About the Industry

Employers of Choice (as at 2019):

2009 Jacobs Engineering

2012 Caterpillar Underground Mining

2012 Tassal

2012 William Adams

2014 Nyrstar

2014 Self Help Workshop

2015 Huon Aquaculture

2016 Skretting Australia

2017 Blundstone Australia

2017 BridgePro Engineering

2019 Kolmark Pty Ltd

Peak Industry Associations:

Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council

Engineers Australia

Useful Links

Labour Market Information Portal

ID Consulting

Tasmanian apprenticeships and traineeships

Endorsed Registered Training Organisations

Workforce Development Plans and Reports