Manufacturing involves a large cross-section of industries including:

  • Textile, clothing, footwear and leather
  • Furnishing
  • Printing and packaging
  • Food processing
  • Petroleum, chemicals and plastics
  • Metal, non-metal and mineral products
  • Machinery and equipment manufacturing
  • Meat products
  • Wood and paper products
  • Electrical products

Associations, peak bodies & government organisations

Visit these organisations to find out more about each industry including information about jobs, career paths and training opportunities.

ACCORD Australasia - Advocate for the Consumer, Cosmetic, Hygiene & Speciality Products Industry
Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers 
Australian Food and Grocery Council
Australian Meat Industry Council
Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating
Australian Institute of Packaging
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Engineers Australia
Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers
Institute of Industrial Engineers
Medicines Australia
Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association
Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute

Career profiles

Find out about the types of jobs that people do in the manufacturing industries

An Electroplater can add new life to that trophy sitting on your shelf, or make the old bumper on your classic Holden look brand new again. Find out more.

Chris, 29

Tammie, 26

As a Programming and Tool Scheduler, Tammie is part of the team who develop, manage and maintain the tool tracking system for the Toolroom at Ford. Find out more:

Quality assurance inspectors examine manufactured products, primary produce and services to make sure they meet all standards of presentation and quality.
Mark is in the final year of his metal fabricator apprenticeship. Working in the manufacturing industry, he recommends this as a great career for anyone interested in metalwork.

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Rob, 23

A life long interest in computers, electronics and cars has led Robert to his ideal job, working with electronics at a car manufacturing plant. Find out more:

Describe your average day.

Anthony, Apprenticeship in engineering

Mark, 31

With wood machining there's three streams. There is the workers who do architectural stuff - skirting, architraves, doors, windows - any joinery products. Then you have the people who machine timber for furniture and then you have the ones who work out in the timber mills with big machines that do log conversions. Read more about being a Wood Machining.
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