Tourism and Hospitality
Sector workforce & training profile
(updated October 2019)
The Tasmanian tourism and hospitality sector continues to experience significant growth. A key contributor to this growth is the increasing demand driven by the visitor economy.
The workforce profile of the Tasmanian tourism and hospitality workforce is typically transient, reflecting a higher amount of part-time employment, younger average age and significant percentage of workers who do not hold formal qualifications.
Current and projected economic growth across the tourism and hospitality industry in Tasmania indicate that employment will increase. It is projected that by 2023, an additional 900 job opportunities will be created.
The Tasmanian Government has invested significant funding into building the training and workforce capabilities of the sector in recent years. As an example, the State Government recently committed $6.8 million over four years (2018-2022) to the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
The Tasmanian tourism and hospitality sector consists of predominately small to medium enterprises – the majority of which centre around accommodation and/or food services. Many of these businesses are tapping into a growth in the visitor economy that is focused on delivering premium, niche products and experiences. Together with local demand, there is an increasing need for front-line tourism and hospitality services. This growth is not limited to urban areas like Hobart and Launceston, with increasing expectation for unique offerings in regional Tasmania – particularly in relation to eco and agri-tourism.
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 Accommodation and Food Services
(note: all information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified)
Contribution to the economy (2017/18)
Number of jobs (2017/18)
Median weekly earnings (in main job)  (Australia)
Make up of sector by number of employees
 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/value-add-by-industry?Indkey=23010&IndkeyNieir=23900
 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/employment-by-industry?IndkeyNieir=23200&Indkey=23010
 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, Table 3.1, August 2018
 Australian Bureau of Statistics: 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2014 to June 2018
Job Roles in Accommodation and food services
5-10 most common job roles (2016):
Hospitality Workers (eg wait person)
Food Preparation Assistants (eg kitchenhand)
Food Trades Workers (eg chef)
This is a registered profession with mandatory qualification requirements
Sales Assistants and Salespersons
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
Growth job roles 2011-2016:
Sales Assistants and Salespersons
Food Preparation Assistants
Food Trades Workers
 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.
Education and Training
Most common VET qualifications completed (2018):
About the Industry
Employers of Choice (as at 2019):
2010 Stillwater Restaurant
2012 The Maria Island Walk
2012 Vantage Group
2014 Country Club Tasmania
2014 The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
2015 Henry Jones Art Hotel
2015 Sapphire Freycinet
2017 Network Gaming
2018 Tramsheds Function Centre
2019 William Smith and Sons
2019 MACq01 Hotel
2019 The Shoreline Hotel
Peak Industry Associations: