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Skills Tasmania

Education and Training (including Early Childhood Education and Care)

Workforce & training profile

(updated November 2019)

This sector is a significant employer within Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government is supporting the early childhood sector with the development and delivery of a workforce plan that is focused on delivering “A professional, proficient and activated Tasmanian early years and school age care workforce now and into the future.”[1]

The vocational training training sector is made up of trainers both within the private sector and the public provider, TasTAFE. The Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO (ERTO) system[2] is designed to increase and assure the quality of government subsidised training for learners and employers in Tasmania. The ERTO system is designed to:

*ensure only RTOs with quality outcomes are contracted to deliver government subsidised training

*streamline the application process for grant programs

*provide recognition to Endorsed RTOs delivering quality training in Tasmania.

The ERTO system is at the core of Tasmanian Government’s on-going commitment to quality in the training and workforce development system.


The sector includes a variety of job roles from early childhood educator, to working within schools to vocational education and training and adult education. The top qualifications in the sector reflect the variety of roles, and of particular interest to current work within Tasmania is the Early Childhood Education and Care and the Training and Assessment.

[1] Early Years (EY) & School Age Care (SAC) Sectors Workforce Plan for Tasmania 2017-2020 at


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 Education and Training

(note: all information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified)

Contribution to economy (2017/18) [3]


Number of jobs (2017/18) [4]


Median weekly earnings (in main job) [5] (Australia)


Make up of sector by number of employees[6]









[3] 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.

[4]  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.

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

[6] 8165.0 Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2014 to Jun 2018 Businesses by Main State by Industry Class by Employment Size Ranges, June 2018 (a) Tasmania Operating at end of financial year

Job Roles in Education and Training

5-10 most common job roles (2016)[7]:


Key Information

School Teachers



Education aides



Tertiary education teachers



Cleaners and laundry workers



Education, health and welfare services managers



General clerks



Miscellaneous education professionals






Accounting clerks and bookkeepers



Sports and fitness workers



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

Growth job roles 2011-2016[8]:

Accounting clerks and bookkeepers


Education aides


Professionals nfd


Sports and fitness workers


Contract, program and project administrators


Child carers


Accountants, auditors and company secretaries


Natural and physical science professionals


Health and diagnostic science professionals


Horticultural trades workers


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

Education and Training

Most common VET qualifications completed (2018)[9]:




Certificate III

Education Support


Certificate III

Early Childhood Education and Care



Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate IV

Training and Assessment


[9] NCVER 2018

About the Industry

Education and Training Employers of Choice

2010 Northern Children's Network

2014 Avidity Training and Development

2016 Discovery Early Learning Centres

2017 Learning Partners

2017 Onroad Offroad Training

2017 Lady Gowrie Tasmania

2018 Blackmans Bay Children’s Services

Peak Industry Associations

Tasmanian Vet Network

Early Childhood Australia Tasmania Branch


Useful Links

Labour Market Information Portal

ID Consulting

Tasmanian apprenticeships and traineeships

Endorsed Registered Training Organisations

Workforce Development Plans and Reports