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Automotive Sales, Parts, Administration and Management

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Automotive Sales, Parts, Administration and Management sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

This sector engages in the buying and selling of automotive vehicles and parts, as well as the administration and management of businesses. The largest parts of this sector are:

  • Car retailing
  • Fuel retailing
  • Motor vehicle and new parts wholesaling
  • Motor vehicle parts retailing.

Nationally recognised training for the Automotive Electrical Services industry sector is delivered under the 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

There are many industry classes related to this sector. They are:

  • Car Wholesaling
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Trailer and Other Motor Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle New Parts Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Dismantling and Used Parts Wholesaling
  • Car Retailing
  • Motorcycle Retailing
  • Trailer and Other Motor Vehicle Retailing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing
  • Tyre Retailing
  • Fuel Retailing
  • Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing
  • Sport and Camping Equipment Retailing
  • Marine Equipment Retailing.

Please note however that these industry sectors also cover other activities besides work relevant to the Automotive Sales, Parts, Administration and Management sector, so the numbers shown here should be seen as indicative only. For example, about 18% of the numbers employed across these fourteen sectors in 2016 were Sales Assistants.

The 2016 census data shows that in 2016 there were 211,030 people employed across all these industry classes (slightly up from the 201,509 employed in 2006). The largest employing industry classes in this grouping in 2016 were Car Retailing (58,308 employed), Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing (57,054 employed) and Fuel Retailing (30,874 employed).   

Within these industry classes, the main employing occupations that are relevant to this industry sector are Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons, Car Detailers, General Clerks, and Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers.

Most of the Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons were within the Car Retailing and Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing industry classes. Projected employment growth for this occupation is expected to be strong till 2022.

Most of the employment for the occupation of Car Detailers here is within the Car Retailing industry class. Projected employment for Car Detailers is expected to remain fairly steady up to 2022.

Among the industry classes shown here, a little under a half of General Clerks were employed in Car Retailing with the rest spread across the other industry classes. In addition, a little over a half of and Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers were employed in Car Retailing with the rest spread across the other industry classes shown here. Both of these occupations are expected to have strong employment growth to 2022.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were approximately 2,600 program enrolments and 250 program completions during 2016. While enrolments have remained about the same as in 2015, program completions have dropped markedly (down from almost 600 in 2015). The large majority of program enrolments in 2016 were at the certificate III level. Similarly, the large majority of qualifications were in the area of automotive sales, with an intended occupation of Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salesperson.

The large majority of courses in 2016 were delivered by private providers (82%), with most of the rest being delivered by TAFE institutes. In addition, about 55% of subjects were funded through domestic fee-for service with 42% being government funded. Over a half (56%) of the students were from Queensland, with a further 30% coming from New South Wales or Victoria.

There were 674 apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in 2016, less than a third of what they were in 2012. The 366 completions in 2016 is also far less than the 936 completions in 2012. The intended occupation for most of the apprenticeships and traineeships was Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salesperson. The large majority of the three apprenticeships were in the eastern states. 

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017 indicates that technological change is impacting on the skill needs of this sector. This includes the use of computerised systems for inventory management, sales processing and expenditure information. In addition, advertising and marketing is being conducted to a greater extent online, and businesses are developing and/or maintaining their own websites.

The main priority skills for this sector identified by the industry skills forecast are:

  • Foundation skills – Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), employability and in particular digital literacy skills.
  • Higher level skills – These relate to higher level management skills required for changing occupation roles.
  • Management skills – Skills for managing small businesses.

The top five generic skills for the sector according to the skills forecast are:

  • Design mindset/Thinking critically/Systems thinking/Solving problems
  • Communication/Virtual collaboration/Social intelligence
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Technology
  • Environmental and Sustainability.

The IRC skills forecast lists two occupations for which there is a skill shortage. These are Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreters and Motor Vehicle Salespersons. The Directions in Australia’s automotive industry 2017 also lists these two occupations as skill shortages but in addition includes Motor Vehicles Parts and Accessories Salesperson. The report gives the skill shortage numbers for these occupations projected to 2018–19 as:

Motor Vehicle Salesperson 2,565
Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Salesperson 897
Spare Parts Interpreter 715

 

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

Motor Trades Association of Australia

 

Employee associations

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

 

Relevant research

Directions in Australia’s automotive industry: an industry report 2017 -Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2017, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2022
    • 6213 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
    • 8111 Car Detailers
    • 5311 General Clerks
    • 1492 Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by occupation unit group of main job (ANZSCO), sex, state and territory, August 1986 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ08, viewed 2nd January 2018 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSCO, 2000 to 2017, May Quarter
    • 6213 Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
    • 8111 Car Detailers
    • 5311 General Clerks
    • 1492 Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, 2006 Census –labour force TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 4 digit ANZSIC,
    • 3501 Car Wholesaling
    • 3502 Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
    • 3503 Trailer and Other Motor Vehicle Wholesaling
    • 3504 Motor Vehicle New Parts Wholesaling
    • 3505 Motor Vehicle Dismantling and Used Parts Wholesaling
    • 3911 Car Retailing
    • 3912 Motorcycle Retailing
    • 3913 Trailer and Other Motor Vehicle Retailing
    • 3921 Motor Vehicle Parts Retailing
    • 3922 Tyre Retailing
    • 4000 Fuel Retailing
    • 4231 Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing
    • 4241 Sport and Camping Equipment Retailing
    • 4245 Marine Equipment Retailing.

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 Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
    • AUR20105 - Certificate II in Automotive Administration
    • AUR20112 - Certificate II in Automotive Administration
    • AUR20205 - Certificate II in Automotive Aftermarket Manufacturing
    • AUR21105 - Certificate II in Automotive Sales
    • AUR21112 - Certificate II in Automotive Sales
    • AUR30105 - Certificate III in Automotive Administration
    • AUR30112 - Certificate III in Automotive Administration
    • AUR31005 - Certificate III in Automotive Sales
    • AUR31012 - Certificate III in Automotive Sales
    • AUR31016 - Certificate III in Automotive Sales
    • AUR31205 - Certificate III in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
    • AUR40105 - Certificate IV in Automotive Management
    • AUR40112 - Certificate IV in Automotive Management
    • AUR40116 - Certificate IV in Automotive Management
    • AUR50105 - Diploma of Automotive Management
    • AUR50112 - Diploma of Automotive Management
    • AUR50116 - Diploma of Automotive Management.

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 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 Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2017.

Updated: 20 Sep 2018
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