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Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 15,561 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region), of this 41.7% worked full-time and 58.2% worked part-time or were away from work.

Tourism and hospitality 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 and hospitality 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 and hospitality workers in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) with comparisons to benchmark areas. Tourism and hospitality 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 and Hospitality occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.

Data source

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

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Value of tourism and hospitality
Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)2016
MeasureGrow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)% of total industryWestern Australia%Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) as % of Western Australia
Tourism workforce
Total workers 15,561100.0100.08.0
Age structure
15 to 24 years4,69930.231.816.3
25 to 44 years6,87844.241.87.7
45 to 54 Years2,28514.714.15.6
55 to 64 Years1,3698.89.74.7
65 years and over3302.12.74.2
Hours worked
Worked full-time6,49241.741.85.3
Worked part-time8,22952.952.813.0
Away from work8335.45.48.6
Bachelor or higher degree2,81318.116.05.6
Advanced diploma or diploma2,16813.911.810.0
Certificate level2,95319.021.06.1
No qualifications7,24846.648.410.4
Born overseas8,31653.448.99.8
Birthplace not stated1440.91.07.2
Speaks a language other than English6,44541.433.313.9
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander1521.01.27.7
Individual income
Less than $5005,33834.338.416.2
$500 -$1,7499,05958.255.17.4
$1,750 or more9956.45.12.6

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

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