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Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycles and Outdoor Power Equipment

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycles and Outdoor Power Equipment industry sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

This sector covers the following activities:

Bicycles – This sector involves the sale, service and repair of bicycles and parts and accessories.

Marine - This sector involves the service and repair of mechanical and electrical systems in marine vessels. Workers in this sector operate on small commercial vessels and pleasure vessels up to 100 feet in length.  

Motorcycles – This sector involves the service and repair of motorcycles.

Outdoor Power Equipment – The sector involves the sales, service and repair work for outdoor power equipment. There is a large variety of Outdoor Power Equipment including lawnmowers, chainsaws, concrete polishers, brush-cutters, jackhammers, generators and pressure pumps.

Nationally recognised training for the Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycles and Outdoor Power Equipment 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

Given its fairly broad nature, the Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycles and Outdoor Power Equipment sector falls under several different industry sectors. These are:

  • Other Transport Equipment Manufacturing, nec
  • Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing
  • Marine Equipment Retailing
  • Sport and Camping Equipment Retailing
  • Other Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance.

The census data shows that across these five industry sectors there were 102,456 people employed in 2016. This is compared to 94,124 in 2006.

Please note however that these industry sectors also cover other activities besides work relevant to the Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycle and Outdoor Power Equipment sector, so the numbers shown here should be seen as indicative only. For example, about a third of those employed across these five sectors in 2016 were Sales Assistants.

However, the two most relevant occupational unit groups here are Motor Mechanics and Other Miscellaneous Labourers (which includes Bicycle Mechanics and Mechanics Assistants but also other occupations not relevant to this sector).

The numbers of people employed as Motor Mechanics has fluctuated over the period 2000 to 2017 but in 2017 there were 107,200 people employed in this occupation compared to 86,400 in 2000. Similarly, the numbers employed as Other Miscellaneous labourers has fluctuated in recent years with 59,400 being employed in this occupation in 2017.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were 1,557 program enrolments and 235 program completions in 2016. Enrolment numbers have not really changed since 2014 although completions have been decreasing. The large majority (about 83%) of enrolments were at certificate III level in 2016 with the remaining being at certificate II level.

In terms of qualification type, the largest proportion were related to motor cycles (just under 40%), and the smallest proportion bicycles (8%).

About three-quarters of the training is delivered by TAFE institutes with most of the rest being delivered by private providers. The large majority of subjects (93%) are government funded. Over 80% of the students in 2016 were from the three eastern states.

There were 562 apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in 2016 which is the highest for the period between 2010 and 2016. There were also 226 completions in 2016. Most of the apprenticeship and traineeship training was aimed at the intended occupation of Motor Mechanics. Most of the training was concentrated in the eastern states (a little under 80%).

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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.  There is a need for technicians that can work on motorised bikes. There is also a need for diagnostic and repair skills relating to increasingly sophisticated outdoor power equipment. There is also a skills shortage of apprentices in the outdoor power equipment area. In the marine area, there have been technological advances in for example cableless throttle systems which will reflect skill needs in this area.

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
    • Marine – Higher post-trade skills for advancement
    • Bicycles – Skills relevant to bicycle master technician occupations
    • Outdoor per equipment – Skills to service and repair tools and skills for master technician occupations.
  • Technical skills
    • Marine – Skills to engage with new technology such as diesel fuel supply systems
    • Bicycles – In specific areas such as personal mobility devices.
  • Diagnostic skills
    • Marine – Troubleshooting and fault finding and then undertaking the necessary repairs.

The top five generic skills for the sector according to the skills forecast (the average of Bicycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Equipment rakings) are:

  • Design mindset/Thinking critically/Systems thinking/Solving problems
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Technology
  • Communication/Virtual collaboration/Social intelligence
  • Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Directions in Australia’s automotive industry 2017 lists projected skill shortage numbers for the following occupations relevant to the Bicycles, Marine, Motorcycles and Outdoor Power Equipment sectors projected to 2018-2019:

Motorcycle Mechanic    268
Mechanic – Outdoor Power Equipment  436
Marine Mechanic 112
Bicycle Mechanic 50

                                        

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
    • 3212 Motor Mechanics
    • 8999 Other Miscellaneous Labourers.

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
    • 3212 Motor Mechanics
    • 8999 Other Miscellaneous Labourers.

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
    • 2399 Other Transport Equipment Manufacturing (n.e.c)
    • 4231 Hardware and Building Supplies Retailing
    • 4241 Sport and Camping Equipment Retailing
    • 4245 Marine Equipment Retailing
    • 9429 Other Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance.

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
    • AUR20305 - Certificate II in Bicycles
    • AUR20311 - -Certificate II in Bicycles
    • AUR20312 - Certificate II in Bicycle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR20611 - Certificate II in Marine
    • AUR20612 - Certificate II in Marine Mechanical Technology
    • AUR20805 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment
    • AUR20811 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment
    • AUR20812 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
    • AUR20816 - Certificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
    • AUR30205 - Certificate III in Bicycles
    • AUR30211 - Certificate III in Bicycles
    • AUR30212 - Certificate III in Bicycle Workshop Operations
    • AUR30216 - Certificate III in Bicycle Workshop Operations
    • AUR30505 - Certificate III in Marine
    • AUR30511 - Certificate III in Marine
    • AUR30512 - Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30514 - Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30516 - Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30705 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment
    • AUR30711 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment
    • AUR30712 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
    • AUR30713 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
    • AUR30716 - Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
    • AUR30812 - Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
    • AUR30816 - Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical 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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