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Posted On July 20, 2021
More than a quarter of all jobs in the tourism industry are now at risk of disappearing, a new study has found.
A report by the National Centre for Tourism and Regional Economics and the Tourism Association of Australia found the jobs that are needed to attract tourism dollars to Australia are vanishing because of economic trends and changing social norms.
The study, based on census data, found there were around 2.4 million jobs in Australia at the end of the 2017-18 financial year, up 4.2 per cent on the previous financial year.
The decline was driven by the introduction of new labour laws, higher taxes and more stringent regulatory requirements on job-related activities.
The report also said the number of jobs in hospitality and hospitality related occupations has fallen by nearly 7 per cent in the past 12 months, while the number in accommodation and food services has fallen 2.2 percent.
“There are a number of factors driving these trends,” said Mr Hickey, chief executive of the Centre for Business and Economic Research, which commissioned the study.
“There’s been an overall trend towards less and less tourism activity, particularly for leisure, and that has led to a decline in the number and type of jobs available in tourism.”
The study also found the number who were unemployed in 2017-19 was the highest it had been in 25 years.
The biggest job-less losses were recorded in accommodation services, where the number fell by 14.2 million, and hospitality, where it fell by 4.5 million.
The unemployment rate in Australia in the 2017/18 financial quarter was 3.9 per cent.