Wollongong City

Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 5,783 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in Wollongong City, of this 33.0% worked full-time and 67.0% 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 Wollongong City 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 benchmark:
  • Key Statistics
  • Occupations
Value of tourism and hospitality
Wollongong City2016
MeasureWollongong City% of total industryNew South Wales%Wollongong City as % of New South Wales
Tourism workforce
Total workers 5,783100.0100.07.3
Age structure
15 to 24 years2,39141.329.218.4
25 to 44 years1,87132.440.75.7
45 to 54 Years80413.915.84.4
55 to 64 Years58010.011.34.6
65 years and over1372.43.05.4
Hours worked
Worked full-time1,91033.043.44.2
Worked part-time3,61462.551.712.3
Away from work2604.54.96.2
Bachelor or higher degree65311.317.33.1
Advanced diploma or diploma5168.911.95.5
Certificate level1,31522.719.46.0
No qualifications3,13554.248.512.7
Born overseas1,37523.841.28.8
Birthplace not stated1011.71.39.6
Speaks a language other than English1,19720.736.310.1
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander1132.01.97.3
Individual income
Less than $5002,80648.537.217.7
$500 -$1,7492,75947.756.95.7
$1,750 or more1302.24.50.9

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

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