RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 7,015 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, of this 44.2% worked full-time and 55.8% 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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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  • Key Statistics
  • Occupations
Value of tourism and hospitality
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2016
MeasureRDA Darling Downs and South West Region% of total industryQueensland%RDA Darling Downs and South West Region as % of Queensland
Tourism workforce
Total workers 7,015100.0100.06.0
Age structure
15 to 24 years2,28632.633.012.7
25 to 44 years2,34833.539.35.1
45 to 54 Years1,14616.314.64.5
55 to 64 Years96913.810.14.9
65 years and over2663.82.93.8
Hours worked
Worked full-time3,09944.243.34.2
Worked part-time3,56450.851.910.0
Away from work3505.04.85.3
Bachelor or higher degree5307.613.52.3
Advanced diploma or diploma6088.711.05.2
Certificate level1,87326.722.95.7
No qualifications3,79154.049.88.4
Born overseas1,22617.535.38.5
Birthplace not stated1021.51.25.3
Speaks a language other than English71910.222.710.3
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander2864.12.48.2
Individual income
Less than $5002,78039.637.312.6
$500 -$1,7493,79954.257.65.0
$1,750 or more2894.13.81.7

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

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