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Transport and manufacturing

This industry is about making stuff - from food, to furniture to machinery - and getting it from A to B quickly and intact.

The safe and reliable transportation of people - by rail, road, air and water - is also an important part of this industry.

Quick facts about this industry

  • Manufacturing is undergoing lots of change as the old ways fade out and new ways (advanced manufacturing using high-tech machinery and processes) take their place.
  • Advanced manufacturing includes the construction of the latest in defence, space, energy, automotive and medical technology.
  • Transport and logistics is a huge industry. Around 210,000 people are employed as truck drivers Australia-wide; earning an above-average wage of approximately $1300 per week.
  • In fact, truck, train, tram and bus drivers all earn an average to above-average weekly wage.