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Automotive Cross Sector


This page provides information and data on the Automotive cross-sector, which is one component of the Automotive industry.

The sector covers qualification areas which cut across all Automotive sectors, hence it is called cross-sector. This has become of increasing importance in the current changing environment where labour mobility and an adaptable workforce is required. Qualification areas covered within this include:

  • Automotive vocational preparation
  • Automotive servicing technology
  • Automotive mechanical diagnosis.

The cross-sector qualifications are of increasing importance given the need for labour mobility and changing circumstances within the industry.

Nationally recognised training for Automotive cross sector qualifications is delivered under the AUM – Automotive Industry Manufacturing Training Package and 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 IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast

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

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

As this is a cross-sector Automotive industry page, there is no particular industry sector that represents this. There are many occupations that cut across the Automotive industry. More detail on employment in the Automotive industry is contained in the other Automotive industry sector pages.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There were 17,490 enrolments in Automotive cross-sector related qualifications in 2018, a decrease from 2017 where approximately 19,030 enrolments were recorded, but still above the enrolment figures of 2015 and 2016. Completions have gradually increased from around 5,220 in 2015 up to approximately 5,970 in 2018. More than three quarters of the enrolments in 2018 were at certificate II level (77%), with 67% of program enrolments in Automotive Vocational Preparation and a further 19% in Automotive Vehicle Technology. The main intended occupation for Automotive cross-sector related qualifications was Mechanic’s Assistant.

In 2018, TAFE institutes delivered the majority of Automotive cross-sector qualifications (60% overall), with a further 23% delivered by private training providers. Schools accounted for 14% of the training, which was mainly in Automotive Vocational Preparation. More than three quarters of the overall funding for subjects in Automotive cross-sector was from the Commonwealth and state government (76%), while domestic fee for service was notably higher through community education providers (75%) and international fee for service was more likely with private training providers (40%). Almost one third of the enrolments were by students in Victoria (30%), followed by Queensland (13%), New South Wales (13%) and overseas (13%).

Approximately 40% of training was delivered in Victoria, followed by Western Australia (17%), New South Wales (16%) and Queensland (15%).

As at December 2018 there close to 220 commencements and 90 completions in Automotive cross-sector apprenticeships and traineeships. Commencements have been gradually declining since 2016, while completions have been decreasing since 2015. All the apprenticeships and traineeships had the intended occupation of Mechanic’s Assistant. One third of the apprenticeships and traineeships were reported in New South Wales (33%), followed by Western Australia (29%) and Victoria (28%).

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast ranks a list of generic skills in order of importance for each industry sector. The top five ranked generic skills for Automotive cross-sector are:

  • Technology use and application
  • Communication/Collaboration including virtual collaboration/Social intelligence
  • Learning agility/Information literacy/Intellectual autonomy and self-management
  • Data analysis
  • Managerial/Leadership.

More insights on skill needs for the Automotive industry are contained on the individual automotive industry sector pages and also the Automotive industry cluster page. 

Links and resources

Please refer to the Automotive industry sector pages and Automotive industry cluster page for a list of all employer and employee associations relevant to the automotive industry.


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:

  • AUR Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
  • Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40212 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
    • AUR40216 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis
  • Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR40812 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
    • AUR40816 - Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling
  • Automotive Technology
    • AUR40205 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR40208 - Certificate IV in Automotive Technology
    • AUR50205 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50212 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50216 - Diploma of Automotive Technology
    • AUR50302 - Diploma of Automotive (Technology)
  • Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20505 - Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Servicing
    • AUR20512 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
    • AUR20516 - Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR10105 - Certificate I in Automotive
    • AUR10112 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR10116 - Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20712 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
    • AUR20716 - Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 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 Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions 
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.

Generic skills data have been extracted from the Automotive IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 03 Feb 2020
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