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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. This has become of increasing importance in the current changing environment where labour mobility and an adaptable workforce is required. 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 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 IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast

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

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Automotive Strategic Industry Reference Committee

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

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

Training snapshot

There were over 19,500 enrolments in Automotive cross-sector qualifications in 2017, which is over 4,200 more enrolments than in 2016. There was also over 5,200 completions, which is slightly less than in 2016. Just under 80% of the enrolments in 2017 were at certificate II level. Sixty-five per cent of the enrolments were in automotive vocational preparation courses while a further 22% were in automotive servicing technology. The main destination occupation for Automotive cross-sector qualifications was Mechanic’s Assistant (87%).

During 2017, TAFE institutes were the main deliverer of Automotive cross-sector qualifications (about 61% overall) with about 21% delivered by private training organisations. Schools delivered about 14% of the training, which was mainly in automotive vocational preparation. Eighty-two per cent of the funding for subjects in Automotive cross-sector was from government. Twenty four percent of the enrolments were by students in Victoria, with a further 22% coming from New South Wales, 16% from Western Australia and 15% from Queensland.

There were few apprenticeships and traineeships for Automotive cross-sector qualifications. In 2017 there were 258 commencements and 145 completions. All the apprenticeships and traineeships were aimed at the destination occupation of Mechanic’s Assistant. Thirty-four percent of the apprenticeships and traineeships were reported in Western Australia with a further 28% in Victoria and 26% in New South Wales.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive Industry Skills Forecast 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:

  • technology use and application
  • communication/collaboration including virtual collaboration/social intelligence
  • learning agility/information literacy/intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • data analysis
  • managerial/leadership.

Transferability of skills within the Automotive industry and also 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.


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
  • Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40212 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40216 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR40812 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR40816 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
  • Automotive Technology
    • AUR40205 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR40208 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR50205 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50212 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50216 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50302 - Diploma of Automotive (Technology)
  • Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20505 - Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Servicing
    • AUR20512 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20516 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR10105 - Certificate I in Automotive
    • AUR10112 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR10116 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20712 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20716 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

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, 2017 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 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 2017 commencements
  • 2010 to 2017 completions 
  • 2017 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2017 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Generic skills data have been extracted from the Automotive IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 10 Sep 2019
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