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Automotive Cross Sector


This page provides information and data on the automotive cross-sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

The sector covers qualification areas which cut across all automotive sectors hence it is called cross-sector. Qualification areas covered within this include:

  • Automotive vocational preparation
  • Automotive servicing technology
  • Automotive mechanical diagnosis.

The cross-sector qualifications are of increasing importance given the need for labour mobility and also changing circumstances within the industry.

Nationally recognised training for automotive cross sector qualifications is delivered under the AUM Automotive Industry Manufacturing Training Package and AUR Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

For information on other automotive related industry sectors, visit the Automotive cluster page.

Information sourced from the Automotive Industry Skills Forecast

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

As this is a cross automotive industry sector page, there is no particular industry sector that represents this. There are also many occupations that cut across the automotive industry. More detail on employment in the automotive industry is contained the other automotive industry sector pages.

Training snapshot

There were over 15,000 enrolments in automotive cross-sector qualifications in 2016 and just over 5,000 completions. About three-quarters of the enrolments in 2016 were at certificate II level. Sixty per cent of the enrolments were in automotive vocational preparation courses while a further quarter were in automotive servicing technology.

TAFE institutes were the main deliverer of automotive cross-sector qualifications (about 60% overall) with a little under a quarter being delivered by private training organisations. Schools delivered about 13% of the training which were in the areas of automotive vocational preparation courses and automotive servicing technology. Ninety per cent of the funding for subjects in automotive cross sector was from government. About 32% of the enrolments were by students in New South Wales, with a further 19% coming from Queensland and 17% from Western Australia.

There were few apprenticeships and traineeships for automotive cross-sector qualifications. In 2016 there were 310 commencements and 154 completions. All the apprentices in training in 2016 were undertaking the certificate II in automotive servicing technology. Thirty one percent of the apprenticeships were in New South Wales with a further 26% in each of Victoria and Western Australia.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The 2017 Automotive Industry Skills Forecast lists categories of priority skills for the automotive industry. Two of these skill categories apply to automotive cross-sector.

They are:

  • Foundation skills – These include language, literacy and numeracy skills, employability skills and digital literacy skills.
  • Higher level skills – These are needed for changing occupation roles in the sector due to emerging technologies and business models. In addition, change and adaption skills are needed for workers to move across job roles in the industry.

The Automotive Industry Skills Forecast also ranks a list of generic skills in order of importance for each industry sector.  The top five ranked generic skills for automotive cross-sector are:

  • Design mindset/Thinking critically/System thinking/Solving problems
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)
  • Technology
  • Communication/Virtual collaboration/Social intelligence.

Transferability of skills within the automotive industry and also transferability outside the industry are important considerations in the current environment.

A report titled The occupational mobility and skills transferability of Australian auto industry employees examined the transferability of skills obtained by automotive industry workers. It also identified growing occupations in Melbourne and Adelaide that could provide alternative employment opportunities.

They found that automotive production workers had a variety of skills, generic and specific, that could be transferable across a variety of industries. The report also identified subjects in automotive production worker qualifications that are used in other certificates and intended occupations outside of automotive manufacturing. Non-production related automotive workers were found to have less automotive specific skills and so transferability to a greater range of occupations than automotive production workers.

More insights on skill needs for the automotive industry are contained on the individual automotive industry sector pages and also the automotive industry cluster page. 

Links and resources

Please refer to the automotive industry sector pages and automotive industry cluster page for a list of all employer and employee associations relevant to the automotive industry.


The occupational mobility and skills transferability of Australian auto industry employees – Snell D, Gekara V & Schermuly A,

Data sources and notes

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • AUR Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
    • AUR10105 - Certificate I in Automotive
    • AUR10112 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR10116 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20505 - Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Servicing
    • AUR20512 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20516 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20712 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20716 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR40205 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR40208 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR40212 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40216 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40812 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR40816 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR50205 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50212 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50216 - Diploma of Automotive Technology.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 subject enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

AUR Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2016 commencements
  • 2010 to 2016 completions 
  • 2016 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2016 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Priority skills data have been extracted from the Automotive Industry Reference Committee’s 2017 IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.

Updated: 17 Sep 2018
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