Accommodation and Food Services

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About this data

Accommodation and Food Services is a large employing industry. Around 6.4% of workers have their main job in this industry.

This industry includes:

  • short-term accommodation providers
  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services
  • pubs, taverns, bars and clubs
  • clubs providing hospitality services to members.

Median earnings are $650 per week, lower than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Accommodation and Food Services industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers fell by 18,200 (or 1.9%) over the last year.



    Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services is the largest sector in the Accommodation and Food Services industry, employing 669,700 workers.



    Waiters is the largest employing occupation in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    4311Bar Attendants and Baristas
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    1411Cafe and Restaurant Managers
    8511Fast Food Cooks
    1421Retail Managers
    4312Cafe Workers


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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