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

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

Reference period
September 2022
Released
21/12/2022
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Key statistics

In September quarter 2022, there were 604,200 tourism jobs: This was:

  • 18,600 (3.2%) more jobs compared to the June quarter 2022
  • 223,500 (58.7%) more jobs compared to the September quarter 2021
  • 1 in 24 (4.1%) filled jobs in the economy
Change in number and percentage of jobs, original series
Sep-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Tourism jobs604,20018,6003.2223,50058.7
Economy-wide jobs14,795,400-51,800-0.3923,7006.7

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.

(a) Annual movement from one quarter to the corresponding quarter in the previous year. 

Key COVID-19 dates

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 most 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
  • 6 July: Federal government removed need for international visitors to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Tourism industry

Change in number and percentage of jobs by industry, original series
Sep-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Accommodation89,400-1,400-1.537,60072.6
Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services213,6008,4004.178,90058.6
Clubs, pubs, taverns and bars47,7005,20012.217,60058.5
Rail transport1,600-100-5.950045.5
Road transport and transport equipment rental5,3002003.92,00060.6
Air, water and other transport39,0005001.311,30040.8
Travel agency and information centre services36,1005,70018.813,10057.0
Cultural services9,300-600-6.12,90045.3
Casinos and other gambling services2,70000.01,00058.8
Sports and recreation services33,2002000.619,000133.8
Retail trade86,6007000.812,90017.5
Education and training28,10000.024,900778.1
All other industries11,600-100-0.91,90019.6

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

  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: increase of 8,400 jobs (4.1%)
  • travel agency and information centre services: increase of 5,700 (18.8%)
  • clubs, pubs, taverns and bars: increase of 5,200 jobs (12.2%)
  • accommodation: decrease of 1,400 jobs (-1.5%)

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

  • cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services: increase of 78,900 jobs (58.6%)
  • accommodation: increase of 37,600 jobs (72.6%)
  • education and training: increase of 24,900 jobs (up 778.1% from 3,200 jobs)
  • sports and recreation services: increase of 19,000 jobs (133.8%)
  • clubs, pubs, taverns and bars: increase of 17,600 jobs (58.5%)

Status in employment

Change in number and percentage of jobs by status in employment, original series
Sep-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Full-time298,9007,5002.6118,10065.3
Part-time305,30011,1003.8105,40052.7

During this quarter:

  • full-time jobs increased 2.6% while part-time jobs increased 3.8%

Between September quarter 2021 and September quarter 2022:

  • full-time jobs increased 65.3% while part-time jobs increased 52.7%

Sex

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex, original series
Sep-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
Male264,1005,1002.081,90045.0
Female340,10013,5004.1141,60071.3

During this quarter:

  • jobs filled by females increased 4.1% while jobs filled by males increased 2.0%

From September quarter 2021 to September quarter 2022:

  • jobs filled by females increased 71.3% while jobs filled by males increased 45.0%

Sex by status in employment

Change in number and percentage of jobs by sex by status in employment, original series
Sep-22Quarterly changeQuarterly change (%)Annual changeAnnual change (%)
MalePart-time106,8001,7001.632,20043.2
Full-time157,3003,4002.249,70046.2
FemalePart-time198,5009,3004.973,20058.4
Full-time141,6004,2003.168,40093.4

During this quarter:

  • jobs filled by females increased for both full-time (3.1%) and part-time (4.9%)
  • jobs filled by males increased for both full-time (2.2%) and part-time (1.6%)

From September quarter 2021 to September quarter 2022:

  • jobs filled by females increased for both full-time (93.4%) and part-time (58.4%)
  • jobs filled by males increased for both full-time (46.2%) and part-time jobs (43.2%)

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 quarter 2019 with those in the current quarter. The key points are:

  • Tourism jobs peaked at 758,000 in December quarter 2019, and in September quarter 2022 is now at its highest level (604,200) since the pandemic started.
  • This represents -20.3% (-153,800) less tourism jobs than the December quarter 2019 compared to an increase of 4.0% (573,000) more jobs in the whole economy.

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Related release

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

The 2021-22 issue of Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account was released on 8 December 2022. While the employment estimates are based on the same source, differences will occur due to the timing of updates to the source data.

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 5249.0.55.005.

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