Canberra Region

tourism workforce

In 2016, there were 8,994 people who make up the tourism workforce in the Canberra Region, of this 43.2% worked full-time and 57.1% 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 Canberra Region 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
Canberra Region2016
MeasureCanberra Region% of total industryNSW%% of total industry in Canberra Region
Tourism workforce
Total workers 8,994100.0100.09.3
Age structure
15 to 24 years2,74830.629.219.2
25 to 44 years3,11034.640.79.1
45 to 54 Years1,47116.415.86.6
55 to 64 Years1,25714.011.36.6
65 years and over4084.53.05.6
Hours worked
Worked full-time3,88143.243.46.9
Worked part-time4,68052.051.713.2
Away from work4565.14.98.5
Bachelor or higher degree90210.017.34.7
Advanced diploma or diploma7598.411.97.5
Certificate level2,36726.319.48.1
No qualifications4,62251.448.513.2
Born overseas1,59517.741.212.2
Birthplace not stated1711.91.38.1
Speaks a language other than English95610.636.315.0
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander2402.71.910.5
Individual income
Less than $5003,45738.437.216.6
$500 -$1,7495,09956.756.98.2
$1,750 or more2753.14.52.3

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

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

economic profile