The tourism and hospitality industry employs 47,600 South Australians, which is just under 5.9% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry serve food and beverages.


There is employment available everywhere in South Australia, but as most South Australians live in the metropolitan area (northern, southern, eastern and western Adelaide) that’s where you can expect to find the most jobs.

Job openings for skilled workers


Quick facts about this industry

  • Slightly more people work part-time than full-time in this industry.
  • People usually work in shifts, including on weekends and public holidays.
  • Most people do not have a qualification but if you want to get ahead a qualification is highly recommended.
  • There are slightly more women than men working in this industry.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • You need to have good interpersonal skills and memory, be efficient and speedy, and enjoy working with people.
  • Waiters are often employed on a part-time basis and earn between $200 and $800 per week. Bar attendants earn between $400 and $800 per week. Hotel/Motel managers and events coordinators earn more, averaging between $1,000 and $1,250 or more per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Tourism and events
  • Hospitality

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate II – Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • Certificate I – Advanced Diploma in Hospitality with specialisations in commercial cookery, Asian cookery, patisserie and catering operations
  • Certificate II – Diploma in Holiday Parks and Resorts
  • Certificates III and IV in Guiding
  • Certificate III in Event
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Event Management 

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • International tourism
  • Sport and recreation management
  • Tourism and event management

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

Le Cordon Bleu Australia offers international programs in disciplines including international hospitality management and international hotel management.

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For enrolment in WorkReady vocational courses see how to enrol for training.

For more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on
1800 506 266.

Occupations in this industry


The accommodation industry consists of those businesses that provide accommodation mostly for domestic and international visitors such as hotels, motels, and other tourist or temporary short-term accommodation.
This industry also includes accommodation at camping grounds, caravan parks, guest and holiday houses and flats, private hotels or serviced apartments which offer short-term accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation, farm stays, ski lodges, student residences and youth hostels.

Food and beverage services

Food services include cafes, restaurants, catering, snack bars and establishments that provide both accommodation and food services. The industry operates in response to patterns of demand, so you could work a variety of hours and daily schedules.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Bar attendant and barista, caterer, fast food cook, kitchenhand, waiter, customer service manager, events coordinator, holiday parks and resorts manager, hotel/motel front office attendant, hotel service supervisor, porters — hotel/motel, room attendant or tour guide.

Related industries for these occupations

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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