Tourism and Hospitality Labour and Skills Roundtable
In April 2016, Austrade established a Tourism Labour and Skills Roundtable
(the Roundtable) to connect industry with government and help build a
sustainable tourism workforce for the future. The Roundtable membership
consists of stakeholders from the Australian Government, state and
territory governments, state and territory tourism organisations and the
different industry sectors that make up the Australian tourism industry.
The Roundtable is chaired by John Hart, Executive Chair of Australian
Chamber - Tourism.
Six working groups were established within the Roundtable to focus on a
range of key industry challenges or themes. The working groups were
industry led or jointly led with the Australian Government.
The recommendations are now being used in the broader work of industry and
government to address labour and skills challenges.
The first theme, a stocktake has been completed of current initiatives
undertaken by governments and industry and other resources for tourism and
The Roundtable is currently considering a set of recommendations to address
the five remaining themes. They are:
Develop strategies for enhancing higher education, vocational education and training outcomes.
Develop strategies aimed at improving career perceptions and promoting
tourism and hospitality industry career pathways.
Investigate how the tourism and hospitality industry can leverage
innovation and technology to address labour and skills challenges.
Develop strategies to enhance the uptake of existing government and
Develop strategies for the tourism and hospitality industry to harness
alternative labour and skills sources including youth and mature-age
Develop regional approaches to dealing with tourism and hospitality labour and skills issues.
Assess how the tourism and hospitality industry can build the pipeline of
foreign workers by better utilising the permanent and temporary migration
If you want to contribute to the work of the Roundtable, please contact us