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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Tourism and hospitality workforce

Kitchenhand was the largest tourism & hospitality occupation, making up 18.3% of the total tourism workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
Tourism and hospitality occupations - Detailed ranked by size
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 2016
OccupationNumber%Queensland%
Kitchenhand1,28218.314.8
Waiter73210.513.4
Cook6188.85.5
Chef6098.79.8
Hotel or Motel Manager4756.83.2
Bar Attendant4726.75.8
Cafe or Restaurant Manager4596.66.9
Barista3545.15.8
Commercial Housekeeper3475.04.3
Cafe Worker2733.93.7
Transport Company Manager1972.81.8
Taxi Driver1372.03.2
Conference and Event Organiser1171.72.4
Travel Consultant1001.42.8
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager971.40.5
Aeroplane Pilot921.31.4
Hospitality Workers nfd881.31.2
Passenger Coach Driver771.10.4
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec721.00.5
Helicopter Pilot590.80.3
Licensed Club Manager460.70.7
Ticket Seller380.52.2
Hotel or Motel Receptionist320.51.1
Hotel Service Manager280.41.1
Tourist Information Officer240.30.2
Aircraft Baggage Handler and Airline Ground Crew220.30.9
Retirement Village Manager190.30.1
Tour Guide180.30.8
Charter and Tour Bus Driver130.20.3
Chauffeur130.20.4
Bed and Breakfast Operator120.20.2
Outdoor Adventure Instructor110.20.2
Flight Attendant100.11.3
Gallery or Museum Guide100.10.1
Arts Administrator or Manager90.10.1
Hospitality Workers nec80.10.3
Zookeeper70.10.2
Gaming Worker50.10.7
Bar Useful or Busser40.10.1
Outdoor Adventure Guides nec40.10.1
Travel Agency Manager30.00.2
Gallery or Museum Curator30.00.1
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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