Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

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Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is a small employing industry. Around 1.2% of workers have their main job in this industry.

This industry includes:

  • electricity generation, transmission and distribution
  • gas supply through mains systems
  • water storage, treatment, supply and drainage
  • sewerage and waste collection, treatment and disposal.

Median earnings are $1,900 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 3,900 (or 2.4%) over the last year.



    Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Services is the largest sector in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry, employing 34,300 workers.



    Truck Drivers is the largest employing occupation in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste 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
    7331Truck Drivers
    2333Electrical Engineers
    3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
    5111Contract, Program and Project Administrators
    7129Other Stationary Plant Operators
    3992Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators
    8211Building and Plumbing Labourers
    5311General Clerks
    3232Metal Fitters and Machinists


    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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