Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates

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Experimental estimates of quarterly tourism employment and jobs to help explain the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism activity.

Reference period
June 2022
Released
21/09/2022
  • Next Release 21/12/2022
    Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, September 2022
  • Next Release 15/03/2023
    Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, December 2022
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Key statistics

In June quarter 2022, there were 669,200 tourism jobs: This was:

  • 21,500 (3.3%) more jobs than March quarter 2022
  • 60,200 (9.9%) more jobs than June quarter 2021
  • 1 in 22 (4.5%) filled jobs in the economy
Change in number and percentage of jobs, original series
Jun-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Tourism jobs669,20021,5003.360,2009.9
Economy-wide jobs14,907,300219,1001.5542,9003.8

Filled jobs

All references to "jobs" are referring to "filled jobs" unless otherwise specified. For information on the various measures of jobs (filled job, Labour Account main job and Labour Account secondary job), please refer to the Glossary in Methodology.

Key COVID-19 dates

2021

  • January-March: Alternation between re-impositions and easing of restrictions for various local government areas affected by local outbreaks in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria, and closing and reopening of various State and Territory borders. Continuation of the one-way quarantine-free travel bubble for travellers flying into Australia from New Zealand. Some temporary suspensions were put in place during the quarter due to localised COVID-19 outbreaks
  • 11 March: Prime Minister announced the $1.2 billion Tourism Aviation Network Support package
  • 28 March: JobKeeper program ended
  • 19 April: 2-way Australia/New Zealand travel bubble commenced
  • From late April: State border and COVID-19 restrictions were frequently reviewed and updated to contain COVID-19 outbreaks in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria
  • Late May-June: Temporary disruption to quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia
  • 23 July: The New Zealand and Australian travel bubble was suspended
  • July-September: COVID-19 Delta strain outbreaks in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory resulted in state/territory lockdowns for most of the September quarter 2021. Other jurisdictions closed interstate borders to these affected areas 
  • Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales Greater Sydney lockdown ended mid October 2021
  • Majority of state borders opened to fully vaccinated travellers in the December quarter 2021
  • Australia opened international borders on 1 November 2021 for fully vaccinated overseas travellers with no quarantine requirement for some states


2022

  • January-February: COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak in various states resulted in tighter restrictions for people located in hotspot locations
  • 15 January: Queensland's state border opened to all domestic travellers, and COVID-19 restrictions were lifted
  • 21 February: Australia opened its international borders for fully vaccinated non-resident travellers
  • 3 March: Western Australia opened its state border allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter the state without quarantine
  • 17 April: Overseas travellers no longer needed to provide a negative COVID-19 test before entering Australia

Tourism industry

Change in number and percentage of jobs by industry, original series
Jun-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Accommodation106,5004,2004.115,50017.0
Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services244,0009,8004.219,5008.7
Clubs, pubs, taverns and bars59,9001,6002.74,8008.7
Rail transport2,200--20010.0
Road transport and transport equipment rental7,7002002.76008.5
Air, water and other transport28,0007002.63,10012.4
Travel agency and information centre services37,5001,0002.72,9008.4
Cultural services10,2001,20013.34004.1
Casinos and other gambling services3,8001002.71002.7
Sports and recreation services33,4009002.82,6008.4
Retail trade101,800-2,500-2.49000.9
Education and training9,2003,90073.69,000n.p.
All other industries25,0004001.67002.9

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

n.p. not publishable

During this quarter, industries with the largest quarterly changes were:

  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: 9,800 jobs (4.2%)
  • accommodation: 4,200 jobs (4.1%)
  • education: 3,900 jobs (73.6%)
  • retail trade: -2,500 jobs (-2.4%)
  • clubs, pubs, taverns and bars: 1,600 jobs (2.7%)

Comparing June quarter 2021 with June quarter 2022, industries with the largest changes were:

  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: 19,500 jobs (8.7%)
  • accommodation: 15,500 jobs (17.0%)
  • education and training: 9,000 jobs (up from 200 jobs in June quarter 2021)
  • clubs, pubs, taverns and bars: 4,800 jobs (8.7%)
  • air, water and other transport: 3,100 jobs (12.4%)

Status in employment

Change in number and percentage of jobs by status in employment, original series
Jun-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Full-time328,4008,2002.642,60014.9
Part-time340,80013,2004.017,6005.4

During this quarter:

  • full-time jobs increased 2.6% while part-time jobs increased 4.0%

Between June quarter 2021 and June quarter 2022:

  • full-time jobs increased 14.9% while part-time jobs increased 5.4%

Sex

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex, original series
Jun-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Male300,5009,0003.119,6007.0
Female368,70012,5003.540,70012.4

During this quarter:

  • jobs worked by females increased 3.5% while jobs worked by males increased 3.1%

From June quarter 2021 to June quarter 2022:

  • jobs worked by females increased 12.4% while jobs worked by males increased 7.0%

Sex by status in employment

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex by status in employment, original series
Jun-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
MalePart-time123,1009,5008.45,6004.8
Full-time177,400-500-0.314,0008.6
FemalePart-time217,7003,7001.712,0005.8
Full-time151,0008,7006.128,70023.5

During this quarter:

  • jobs worked by females increased for both full-time (6.1%) and part-time (1.7%)
  • part-time jobs worked by males increased (8.4%) while full-time jobs worked by males decreased (-0.3%)

From June quarter 2021 to June quarter 2022:

  • jobs worked by females increased for both full-time (23.5%) and part-time (5.8%)
  • jobs worked by males increased for both full-time (8.6%) and part-time jobs (4.8%)

Changes in this issue

Improvements have been made to the process that splits the jobs data by status in employment and sex. While the total number of filled or main jobs has not been impacted, revisions will be evident across the full time series for data by sex, data by status in employment and for the cross-classification of these two variables. For males, the revisions result in more full-time and less part-time jobs, while for females the opposite is observed with more part-time and fewer full-time jobs. There has been minimal impact on the period to period percentage movements and the historical story remains consistent.

Refer to methodology section for more information.

Measuring the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism activity

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the Australian tourism sector. This section looks at how tourism has been impacted over the period by comparing estimates of tourism jobs at the end of December 2019 with those in the current quarter. The key points are:

  • Tourism jobs peaked at 749,400 in December 2019, and in June quarter 2022 is now at its highest level (669,200) since the pandemic started
  • This represents -10.7% (-80,200) less tourism jobs compared to 4.1% (583,600) more jobs in the whole economy as at the end of this quarter

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Related release

Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account (previously used cat. no. 5249.0)

The 2020-21 issue of Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account was released on 10 December 2021. Users are reminded that the estimates in this quarterly release are based on a different data source and are not directly comparable to the estimates provided in the annual TSA publication. For more information on the strengths and differences between the two employment measures, please refer to the article published in March quarter 2020.

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Employed persons data series

This is the last time that data on employed persons will be published. Filled jobs provides the best measure of tourism employment. Please see Labour Account Methodology for an explanation of the difference between employed persons and filled jobs.

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 5249.0.55.005.

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