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Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC

The Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package is the national framework for skills development for the tourism, travel, hospitality and events industries.

The current SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality training package was last endorsed in February 2016.

Industry Overview

The tourism, travel and hospitality sector also takes into account the events sector, from conferences and meetings to large scale business events and trade shows. As at November 2014, these four sub-sectors employed almost a million people, a little over 8 percent of the Australian workforce.

The tourism sub-sector accounts on average for 2.8 percent of GDP and 4.7 percent of employment. For every dollar tourism industry earns directly, another 87 cents is added to other parts of the Australian economy. It’s also been named one of Australia's ‘Fantastic Five’ growth sectors over the next 20 years. Of note, however, is that although 13 percent of Australian businesses (267,000) are categorised as part of the tourism industry, approximately 95 percent of them are micro or small businesses.

Hospitality (accommodation and food services) employs even more people—796,500 people (6.9 percent of the workforce) as at August 2013, making it Australia’s seventh largest employment sector. Restaurant, café and catering service turnover grew by more than 10 percent in the year to August 2014.

The events sub-sector is substantially smaller, employing only 22,700 people classified as conference and event organisers as at November 2013. However, this number is expected to grow by almost 18% by November 2018.


Job roles in this sector include:

  • Bar attendant
  • Barista
  • Club manager
  • Concierge or Porter
  • Cook or Chef
  • Conference and event organiser
  • Food service manager
  • Gaming attendant
  • Holiday park/resort attendant
  • Holiday park/resort manager
  • Hotel service supervisor
  • Hotel/motel front office clerk
  • Hotel/motel manager
  • Housekeeping attendant
  • Kitchen hand
  • Patissier
  • Restaurateur
  • Tour guide
  • Travel consultant
  • Visitor information officer
  • Waiter.


The VET qualifications that cater to this sector are:

SIT10122 Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture)
SIT10222 Certificate I in Hospitality
SIT20122 Certificate II in Tourism
SIT20322 Certificate II in Hospitality
SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery
SIT30122 Certificate III in Tourism
SIT30222 Certificate III in Travel
SIT30322 Certificate III in Guiding
SIT30522 Certificate III in Events
SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality
SIT30722 Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House)
SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
SIT30921 Certificate III in Catering
SIT31021 Certificate III in Patisserie
SIT31121 Certificate III in Asian Cookery
SIT40122 Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
SIT40222 Certificate IV in Guiding
SIT40422 Certificate IV in Hospitality
SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management
SIT40621 Certificate IV in Catering Management
SIT40721 Certificate IV in Patisserie
SIT40821 Certificate IV in Asian Cookery
SIT50122 Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
SIT50322 Diploma of Event Management
SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management
SIT60122 Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
SIT60222 Advanced Diploma of Event Management
SIT60322 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.

Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC Industry Skills Forecasts

CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC Industry Skills Forecast.