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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry.

Australia’s Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry is a world leader in sustainability and innovation, using independently certified renewable resources; internationally recognised best practices for recycling; and continuously improving its energy/water efficiency and emissions.

The industry integrates the value chain of forests and woods resource utilisation through six sectors:

  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Corrugated Paperboard and Paperboard Container Manufacturing
  • Paper Bag and other Paper Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing
  • Personal and Family Care Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Product Merchandising.

During 2016, the industry included 716 manufacturing businesses, and 1,174 paper product wholesalers, employing just under 24,000 people. In general, the sectors are characterised by a large number of small and medium-size producers with presence in local markets, and a smaller number of large businesses which are often multinational companies and operate globally. Revenue for the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry was over $10 billion during 2015–16, an increase of 3.5% from the previous period.

Vocational education and training (VET) is required in the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry in occupations such as:

  • Timber and Wood Process Workers
  • Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators.

Nationally recognised training for the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry is delivered under the Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package.

For information on the Forestry; and Timber Processing and Products industry sectors please visit the respective pages.

Information sourced from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

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

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

For the Converted Paper Product Manufacturing industry sector the employment level in 2017 was similar to that of the year 2000 despite some fluctuations over this period. The employment level in the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing industry sector trended downwards between the years 2000 and 2017. Employment levels in the Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing industry sectors are projected to remain static over the next five years.

The occupations of Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators; and Printers make up over 15% of the Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing industry. The employment level in the occupation of Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators is projected to remain flat over the next five years whereas employment in occupation of Printers in projected to decline significantly.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There was minimal training activity in the Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package during 2017, with only six program enrolments, zero program completions and no subject only enrolments.

There were insufficient enrolments in apprenticeships or traineeships to allow analysis.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

According to the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast, the priority skills for the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing industry in the next four years are:

  • recycling and de-inking recovered paper
  • bioenergy technologies
  • leadership skills in pulp and paper
  • paper product chain-of-custody and sustainability skills at all occupational levels
  • biorefining
  • automated processes in converted paper manufacturing.

For more information and industry context on the priority skills listed above please see the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

The IRC Skills Forecast also identifies the following generic skills as most important for the industry:

  • learning agility/information literacy/intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • design mindset/thinking critically/systems thinking/problem solving
  • language, literacy and numeracy
  • technology use and application skills
  • communication/collaboration, including virtual collaboration/social intelligence skills.

In terms of workforce skill development, the IRC Skills Forecast reports a preference in the industry for non-formal training over nationally recognised accredited training. Companies design and administer their own internal training programs for their employees. Vender or company training is seen as providing the best option in upskilling staff to respond to the demand of new technologies, as skills needs can be met promptly without having to wait for standardisation into formal training programs.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

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

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, employment projections to May 2022
    • 150 Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
    • 151 Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
    • 152 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing.
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2022
    • 7113 Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators
    • 3923 Printers
    • 7129 Other Stationary Plant Operators
    • 7213 Forklift Drivers
    • 8321 Packers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ06, viewed September 2017 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, 2000 to 2017, May quarter
    • 150 Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
    • 151 Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
    • 152 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing.

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

  • Employment level by 2 digit Pulp, Paper and Converted Paper Product Manufacturing industry, and 4 digit level occupations to identify the relevant VET-related occupations in the industry as a proportion of the total workforce.                                                                                   

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET students and courses from the following training package or qualifications:

PPM Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package.

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%.

Priority and generic skills data have been extracted from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturing IRC's 2018 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 29 Nov 2018
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