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Sunshine Coast Council area

Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 9,294 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in the Sunshine Coast Council area, of this 38.9% worked full-time and 61.1% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area 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

Current area:
Current benchmark:
  • Key Statistics
  • Occupations
Value of tourism and hospitality
Sunshine Coast Council area2016
MeasureSunshine Coast Council area% of total industryQueensland%Sunshine Coast Council area as % of Queensland
Tourism workforce
Total workers 9,294100.0100.08.4
Age structure
15 to 24 years3,41636.833.019.6
25 to 44 years3,33035.839.37.7
45 to 54 Years1,34014.414.65.1
55 to 64 Years96210.410.15.2
65 years and over2462.62.95.0
Hours worked
Worked full-time3,61638.943.35.9
Worked part-time5,32157.351.912.0
Away from work3593.94.86.9
Bachelor or higher degree94410.213.53.7
Advanced diploma or diploma9209.911.06.7
Certificate level2,40425.922.97.8
No qualifications4,79651.649.812.7
Born overseas2,56927.635.310.2
Birthplace not stated1061.11.28.3
Speaks a language other than English1,10611.922.716.9
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander1561.72.49.1
Individual income
Less than $5003,88341.837.316.4
$500 -$1,7495,03554.257.67.0
$1,750 or more2262.43.81.7

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

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