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.
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)
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 Manufacturing
5-10 most common job roles (2016):
Food process workers
Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers
Construction, Distribution and Production Managers
Sales Assistants and Salespersons
Stationary Plant Operators
Growth job roles 2011-2016:
Packers and Product Assemblers
Food Trades Workers
Food Preparation Assistants
Miscellaneous Specialist Managers
 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):
Competitive Systems and Practices
Electrotechnology (Career Start)
Competitive Systems and Practices
Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Engineering - Mechanical Trade
About the Industry
Employers of Choice (as at 2019):
2009 Jacobs Engineering
2012 Caterpillar Underground Mining
2012 William Adams
2014 Self Help Workshop
2015 Huon Aquaculture
2016 Skretting Australia
2017 Blundstone Australia
2017 BridgePro Engineering
2019 Kolmark Pty Ltd
Peak Industry Associations: