Tasmanian has 1 807 manufacturing businesses and advanced manufacturing capabilities.


Industry Overview

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is a priority for Tasmania.

State Growth defines advanced manufacturing as businesses that uses new technologies to drive growth throughout the value chain.

Tasmania has advanced manufacturing in food and beverage processing, smart technologies, forestry, maritime, mining equipment technology and services, renewable energy, transport equipment and the defence industry.

As of 2020, there are 1 807 manufacturing businesses in Tasmania. 

Manufacturing Tasmania report from State Growth notes that the industry employs 17 977 Tasmanians in new product manufacturing, defence opportunities, maritime, oil, and gas. It is estimated that the top six manufacturing businesses employ over 2,000 people in total.

Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing action plan 2024 aims to support the industry to:

  • Attract a highly skilled workforce.
  • Adopt leading edge design, innovation, technologies and practices
  • Increase sector collaboration and advocacy.
  • Increase market access and industry promotion.



Maritime manufacturing

Tasmania has world class design, manufacture and fit-out of marine vessels with a number of ship yards. Capability for bespoke manufacturing of antennae, boat anchors, life boats, winch systems.

Defence manufacturing

Tasmania defence industry strategy highlights manufacturing priorities of:

  • Specialised watercraft, maritime and marine products and services.
  • Specialised support vehicle and component production
  • Food, food nutrition and food science
  • Innovative and technologically advanced systems, underpinned by the provision of world class research, education and skills training.

Manufacturing in Australia



Vocational Qualifications

The most common qualifications completed for manufacturing: 

  • Certificate IV, Competitive Systems and Practices
  • Certificate II, Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Certificate III, Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Certificate II, Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate III, Competitive Systems and Practices
  • Certificate III, Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Certificate III, Engineering – Mechanical Trade

Tertiary Qualifications with UTAS



Maritime qualifications

Both vocational and tertiary qualifications from the Australian Maritime College.

Example positions

In Australia half of manufacturing positions are pre and post production. For example, in research and development, transport and logistics, sales and service.

Examples of production positions include:

  • Food process and food trade workers
  • Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers
  • Construction, Distribution and Production Managers
  • Stationary Plant Operators
  • Packers and Product Assemblers


Career Development

Skills in demand in Tasmania

Tasmanian recruiters identified these skills:

Professional development

Free online training from the Manufacturing Academy for Australia manufacturers seeking advancement, competitiveness and growth.



Skills for the future

The National Manufacturing Priorities from the Australian manufacturing the Modern Manufacturing Strategy:

  • Resources Technology & Critical Minerals Processing
  • Food & Beverage
  • Medical Products
  • Recycling & Clean
  • Energy
  • Defence
  • Space




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What Employers Want

Examples from entry level job advertisements

  • Communication skills – phone, email, face to face with customer service, purchasing or operations manager.
  • Forklift and picker packer licence and experience.
  • Physical fitness for lifting up to 22kg.
  • Safe manual handling techniques.

Example requirements for entry level positions

  • Manual drivers licence and own car
  • National police check
  • Ability to work in a range of environments – freezer, chiller, ambient
  • Willing to undergo a pre-employment medical check
  • Ability to work on a rotating roster – one week on day shift and next week on afternoon shift.



Examples from management job advertisements

  • KPI to enhance productivity, reduce error rates and uphold quality.
  • Maintaining compliance and an inclusive safe work environment.
  • Pro-active approach to continuous improvement.

Example experience requirements for management positions

  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • Stock control.
  • Quality systems experience, preferably ISO 9001.
  • Production and material planning.
  • Demand planning, inventory management and handling
  • Line operations and/or forecasting.
  • Implementing lean manufacturing principles.



How to find other manufacturing businesses



Job Seeker Tips

Don’t dismiss casual positions

Businesses offer casual roles even when they need a permanent or full time position. This lowers the risk of recruiting by testing workers out first. Ask what hours the position may have subject to good performance. 

Follow up

Business may keep applications for three months. Voice an interest in the company beyond the position you’re applying for, and that you’d like to be considered for future roles. If unsuccessful with the first application, seek feedback. And follow up about any upcoming positions.




Employers can seek advice from a Business Industry and Regional Outreach Officer from Home Affairs if they wish to sponsor your visa to hire you in a skilled position.




The Migrant Network acknowledges the invaluable input from the industry, in particular Sharon Brewer from Hays Recruiting Tasmania

"Most useful was resume making (I came to know many wonderful things)." Skilled migrant, 23 January 2021.

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