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Automotive Vehicle Body Repair

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Automotive Vehicle Body Repair sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

Activities in the Automotive Vehicle Body Repair sector focus on repair and modification service work for registered vehicles. Activities of workers in the sector include:

  • Vehicle body repair
  • Vehicle refinishing
  • Windscreen repair
  • Automotive trimming
  • Other services.

Most of the businesses in this sector are either sole proprietors or small businesses.

Nationally recognised training for the Automotive Vehicle Body Repair sector is delivered under the AUR Automotive 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

Automotive Vehicle Body Repair Industry Reference Committee

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

Census data indicates that there were 36,161 people employed in the automotive body, paint and interior repair industry class in 2016. Within this industry class some of the main employing occupations are Panelbeaters, Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers, Vehicle Painters, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters and Car Detailers.

Employment numbers in these occupations have varied over the period between 2000 and2017 but overall have not increased greatly. Similar demand for these occupations is expected to continue up until 2022.

Training trends

Training snapshot

In 2016, there were just under 4,500 program enrolments and about 1,250 program completions for courses related to the automotive vehicle body repair industry sector. The large majority of enrolments were for certificate III level courses.

About a half of the enrolments in 2016 were for qualifications relating to automotive body repair technology. A further 35% of enrolments were for qualifications relating to automotive refinishing technology. The main intended occupation for qualifications related to automotive body repair technology was Panelbeaters, while for automotive refinishing technology it was Vehicle Painters.

Over half of the enrolments in 2016 were with TAFE institutes (56%) while a further 43% were with private training providers. However, virtually all enrolments for vehicle loss assessing qualifications were with private providers. The majority of subjects for qualifications were government funded (78%), with a further 10% being domestic fee for service and 12% international fee for service. Over three-quarters of students came from the New South Wales, Victoria, or Queensland.

Apprentice and trainee commencements and completions have fallen somewhat between 2010 and 2016. In 2016 there were over 1,400 commencements and over 800 completions. The main intended occupations for these apprenticeships and traineeships are Vehicle Painters, Panelbeaters and Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers. In the last quarter of 2016, just under a third of apprenticeships and traineeships were in New South Wales with a further 28% in Victoria and 18% in Queensland. 

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The 2017 Automotive IRC Skills Forecast indicates that the priority skills for the Automotive Vehicle Body Repair sector include:

  • Foundation skills - These include language, literacy and numeracy skills, employability skills and digital literacy skills.
  • Management skills - Emerging technologies and business models have resulted in changes in occupations. This consequently requires change management skills including interpersonal skills. These skills have been specifically identified for the loss estimator occupation. Management skills are also required due to the establishment of partnerships with insurers.
  • Technical skills – This includes skills to deal with emerging vehicle repair body technologies such as plastic heat welding.
  • Deeper skills – Enhanced skills in business where Small and Medium Area Repair Techniques (SMART) are used.

In addition, the five highest ranked generic skills for the sector are:

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

The Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry report provides estimates of current and projected skills shortages in Automotive Repair and Maintenance. Occupations relevant to the Automotive Vehicle Body Repair sector and the projected number of shortages for 2018-2019 include:

  • Vehicle Spray Painter       2,653
  • Panel  Beater                     2,634
  • Vehicle Detailer                   337
  • Vehicle Trimmer                  144
  • Automotive Glazier             104.

The Automotive Industry Skills Forecast also identifies skills shortages in the medium to long term for Vehicle Body Repair Technicians and Vehicle Refinishing Technicians. These shortages are expected to be greatest in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Western Australia.

Links and resources

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
    • 3241 Panelbeaters
    • 3242 Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers
    • 3243 Vehicle Painters
    • 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters
    • 8111 Car Detailers.

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
    • 3241 Panelbeaters
    • 3242 Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers
    • 3243 Vehicle Painters
    • 8994 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters
    • 8111 Car Detailers.

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

  • Employment level by 4 digit ANZSIC 9412 Automotive Body, Paint and Interior Repair industry class.

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
    • AUR20905 - Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Body
    • AUR20912 - Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
    • AUR20916 - Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
    • AUR30805 - Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Body
    • AUR32112 - Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology
    • AUR32116 - Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology
    • AUR32212 - Certificate III in Automotive Glazing Technology
    • AUR32216 - Certificate III in Automotive Glazing Technology
    • AUR32312 - Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology
    • AUR32316 - Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology
    • AUR32412 - Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
    • AUR32416 - Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology
    • AUR40511 - Certificate IV in Vehicle Loss Assessing
    • AUR40512 - Certificate IV in Vehicle Loss Assessing
    • AUR40514 - Certificate IV in Vehicle Loss Assessing
    • AUR40712 - Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair 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 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: 17 Sep 2018
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