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Overview

This page provides information on the Recreational Vehicles sector which is a component of the Manufacturing industry.

The Recreational Vehicle sector manufactures, repairs, services and retails recreational vehicles and accessories, including motor homes, caravans, camper trailers, slide-on campers and fifth wheelers. It is divided into three sub-sectors:

  • Recreational Vehicles Manufacture
  • Recreational Vehicles Service and Repair
  • Recreational Vehicles Accessories Sales.

Recreational vehicle manufacturing in Australia is growing. Over 22,000 units were constructed in 2017, a 2.5% increase on 2016. The number of units manufactured annually, has consistently exceeded 20,000 since 2010.

Vocational education and training (VET) is required for Recreational Vehicle-related occupations such as:

  • Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers
  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.

Nationally recognised training for the Recreational Vehicles sector is delivered under the MSM – Manufacturing Training Package.

For information on the Process Manufacturing, and Laboratory Operations sectors please visit the respective pages.

Information sourced from the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

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

IRC and skills forecasts

Employment trends

There is insufficient data on employment in the Recreational Vehicles sector to provide an analysis of employment trends.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were 133 program enrolments in Recreational Vehicles-related qualifications during 2017, and 30 completions. Enrolments increased by more than threefold between 2014 and 2016, however 2017 saw a decline in numbers on the previous year. Completion numbers have increased over the 2015–17 period. 

For enrolments during 2017, most training was at the certificate III qualification level, with a small amount at certificate II. The main intended occupations for the training were Vehicle Body Builder, and Motor Mechanic (General).

All training for enrolments during 2017 was provided by TAFE institutes. Just under two thirds of subjects were government funded, with the remainder funded via domestic fee-for-service arrangements. Half of students were from New South Wales, with a further 25% from Western Australia, and 21% from Victoria.

During 2017, there were 65 apprenticeship commencements in Recreational Vehicles-related qualifications, a significant decline on the previous year which had 144 commencements. There were 20 completions in 2017, with numbers remaining relatively stable over the last 4 years. During 2017, apprentices were training towards the intended occupations of Vehicle Body Builder, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General), and Motor Mechanic (General). Most of the apprenticeship training activity was reported from Victoria (43%), New South Wales (38%) and Western Australia (18%).

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Industry insights

The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast, identified the following priority areas for skill development over the next three years

  • Product safety
  • Business management skills
  • Changing skill needs rising from automation and robotics
  • Changing skill needs arising from new technology.

In terms of generic skills, the IRC Skills Forecast identifies the following as particularly important for the Recreational Vehicles sector: technology (use and application), problem solving, and leadership.

The IRC skills forecast also reports that the introduction of the new Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) in 2018, may increase the need for businesses and employees in the recreational vehicle sector, to improve the skills and knowledge needed for compliance with the new legislation.

Links and resources

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

 

Industry associations and advisory bodies

 

Caravan Industry Association of Australia

Caravan, Camping Industry Association of NSW

Caravan Industry Association Western Australia

 

Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Queensland

Caravan and Camping Industries Association of South Australia

Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria

 

Employee associations

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

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:

  • MSM Manufacturing Training Package
    • MSA20610 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture
    • MSA30510 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Service and Repair
    • MSA30610 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture
    • MSM21015 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Service and Repair
    • MSM21115 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • MSM31015 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Service and Repair
    • MSM31115 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • MSM31215 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • MSM41015 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicles
    • MSM41115 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • MSM51015 - Diploma of Recreational Vehicles
    • THC20104 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC20199 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC20204 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC20299 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC20304 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC20399 - Certificate II in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC30104 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC30199 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC30204 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC30299 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC30304 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC30399 - Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC40104 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC40199 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
    • THC40204 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC40299 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle Servicing
    • THC40304 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC40399 - Certificate IV in Recreational Vehicle and Accessories Retailing
    • THC50104 - Diploma of Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing.

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 subject 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%.

MSM – Manufacturing 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.

Priority and generic skills data have been extracted from the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 06 Dec 2018
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