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

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

Reference period
March 2022
Released
23/06/2022
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    Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, June 2022
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    Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, September 2022
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Key statistics

In March quarter 2022, there were 645,000 tourism jobs: This was:

  • 15,100 (2.4%) more jobs than December quarter 2021
  • 22,500 (3.6%) more jobs than March quarter 2021
  • 1 in 23 (4.4%) filled jobs in the economy

Overview

Change in number and percentage of jobs, original series
Mar-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Tourism jobs645,00015,1002.422,5003.6
Economy-wide jobs14,635,900-7,600-0.1407,2002.9

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

Tourism industry

Change in number and percentage of jobs by industry, original series
Mar-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Accommodation101,6008,5009.120,70025.6
Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services232,2001,5000.74,4001.9
Clubs, pubs, taverns and bars57,800-800-1.41,1001.9
Rail transport2,100--1005.0
Road transport and transport equipment rental7,5001001.44005.6
Air, water and other transport27,8003,30013.53,10012.6
Travel agency and information centre services36,3006001.71,9005.5
Cultural services9,300-1,000-9.7-1,300-12.3
Casinos and other gambling services3,700-100-2.61002.8
Sports and recreation services32,4005001.61,7005.5
Retail trade104,500-2,700-2.57000.7
Education and training5,3005,100n.p.-10,800-67.1
All other industries24,600--5002.1

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

n.p. not publishable

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

  • accommodation: 8,500 jobs (9.1%)
  • education: 5,100 jobs (up from 200 jobs last quarter)
  • air, water and other transport: 3,300 jobs (13.5%)
  • retail trade: -2,700 jobs (-2.5%)
  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: 1,500 jobs (0.7%)

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

  • accommodation: 20,700 jobs (25.6%)
  • education and training: -10,800 jobs (-67.1%)
  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: 4,400 jobs (1.9%)
  • air, water and other transport: 3,100 jobs (12.6%)

Employment status

Change in number and percentage of jobs by employment status, original series
Mar-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Full-time318,70011,4003.717,6005.8
Part-time326,3003,7001.14,9001.5

During this quarter:

  • full-time jobs increased 3.7% while part-time jobs increased 1.1%

Between March quarter 2021 and March quarter 2022:

  • full-time jobs increased 5.8% while part-time jobs increased 1.5%

Sex

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex, original series
Mar-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Male290,3006000.2-4,100-1.4
Female354,70014,5004.326,6008.1

During this quarter:

  • jobs worked by females increased 4.3% while jobs worked by males increased 0.2%

From March quarter 2021 to March quarter 2022:

  • jobs worked by females increased 8.1% while jobs worked by males decreased 1.4%

Sex by employment status

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex by employment status, original series
Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
MalePart-time-2,400-1.6-4,600-3.1
Full-time2,9002.05000.3
FemalePart-time6,0003.49,5005.5
Full-time8,4005.117,10011.0

During this quarter:

  • female jobs increased in both full-time and part-time jobs
  • male full-time jobs increased while male part-time jobs decreased

From March quarter 2021 to March quarter 2022:

  • female jobs increased in both full-time and part-time jobs
  • male full-time jobs increased while male part-time jobs decreased

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 March quarter 2022 is now at its highest level (645,000) since the pandemic started
  • This represents -13.9% (-104,400) less tourism jobs, compared to 2.2% (312,900) more jobs in the whole economy as at the end of this quarter

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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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 5249.0.55.005.