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Manufacturing is a large employing industry. Around 6.5% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Manufacturing involves transforming materials, substances or components into new products like:

  • food and beverages
  • textiles, leather, clothing and footwear
  • wood and paper products
  • petroleum and coal products
  • chemical, polymer and rubber products
  • mineral and metal products
  • machinery and equipment
  • furniture and other products.

Median earnings are $1,400 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Manufacturing industry fell over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 49,400 (or 5.6%) over the last year.



    Bakery Product Manufacturing is the largest sector in the Manufacturing industry, employing 55,700 workers.



    Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers is the largest employing occupation in the Manufacturing 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
    3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
    1335Production Managers
    3232Metal Fitters and Machinists
    8311Food and Drink Factory Workers
    8322Product Assemblers
    6211Sales Assistants (General)
    3511Bakers and Pastrycooks


    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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