Retail

Retail

The retail industry is the largest single industry providing employment within Australia. It is made up of three main sub-divisions: food retailing, personal and household goods and motor vehicle servicing and retailing.

The retail industry has long been a sector that provides the first experience of employment, with many people citing retail as their first job. For a large number of young people retailing is a part-time, transient occupation while studying for qualifications in other areas. A significant number, however, go on to make a career in retailing progressing through the many areas covered by the industry. Those that go on to other careers have already developed significant generic employability skills via their engagement in the retail industry.
The industry employs a majority of women and in 2003–04 nearly 1.5 million people were employed in the industry. The workforce is forecast to grow 1.5% per annum for the next seven years.


  • Certificate II in Retail
  • Certificate III in Retail
  • Certificate IV in Retail Management

For more information, please contact our Workforce Development Team