City of Brisbane

tourism workforce

In 2016, there were 51,118 people who make up the tourism workforce in the City of Brisbane, of this 43.7% worked full-time and 56.3% worked part-time or were away from work.

tourism are key industries in many parts of Australia, but it has not been well represented in economic profiles in the past due to the difficulty in defining it.

The tourism industries are defined by the ABS not as regular industries but as a set of occupation categories working across a number of industries.

This page presents some key statistics for tourism workers in the City of Brisbane with comparisons to benchmark areas. tourism data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry sector analysis page for the accomodation sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment locations page will show where accommodation activity is taking place and the Local workers section will reveal the characteristics of accommodation workers.

Please note: Due to a change in the occupation classification, tourism occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Current area:
Current benchmark:
  • Key Statistics
  • Occupations
Value of tourism
City of Brisbane2016
MeasureCity of Brisbane% of total industryQueensland%% of total industry in City of Brisbane
Tourism workforce
Total workers 51,118100.0100.07.2
Age structure
15 to 24 years17,70934.633.016.6
25 to 44 years21,97643.039.36.4
45 to 54 Years6,36212.414.64.2
55 to 64 Years3,9957.810.14.3
65 years and over1,0762.12.94.8
Hours worked
Worked full-time22,34443.743.34.7
Worked part-time26,28751.451.912.7
Away from work2,4884.94.87.3
Bachelor or higher degree10,02719.613.53.9
Advanced diploma or diploma6,42912.611.07.8
Certificate level9,76919.122.96.9
No qualifications23,70746.449.811.0
Born overseas22,03943.135.39.5
Birthplace not stated4070.81.27.2
Speaks a language other than English16,38532.122.712.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander6901.32.47.1
Individual income
Less than $50018,32135.837.318.2
$500 -$1,74929,71658.157.66.7
$1,750 or more2,5475.03.81.6

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

City of Brisbane

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