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The Tamworth Region has a skilled and diverse workforce with the most dominant sectors including agriculture, forestry and fishing, Manufacturing, Construction, Retail and Accommodation, Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Public Administration and Safety, Education and Training and Health Care and Social Assistance.
The largest occupation groups in the region include Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade and Manufacturing.
The employment sectors within the region that are experiencing the most growth are Health Care and Social Assistance, Construction, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and Education and Training.
Regional Economic Growth Drivers
Tamworth is an important contributor to Australia’s aviation industry. The area’s unrivalled flying conditions, combined with its existing maintenance and engineering capacity, education and training provide opportunities for constant growth within this sector.
Tamworth supports an expansive range of education and training providers, including public and private schools, University of New England Access Centre, Regional Conservatorium of Music, BAE Flight Training Australia, Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College, the Northern Inland Academy of Sport and the New England TAFE campus and administrative centre.
The Tamworth region has a long history as a centre of equine activity, hosting annual events such as the National Cutting Horse Association Annual Futurity. The Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) has further cemented Tamworth as the centre of equine and livestock excellence.
Thanks to its location near major production areas, Tamworth has become a centre for food processing. Opportunities exist for the industry to leverage the region’s existing skills and knowledge to provide an additional technological edge as the industry continues to develop.
Tamworth’s close proximity to significant areas of agricultural and resource/mining production have led to its growth as a regional service centre, providing industry support services such as engineering, manufacturing, transport and business.
With an acknowledged competency in hosting large events, a strong regional brand and an organised and well supported tourism development agency, Tourism Tamworth, the regional tourism industry has excellent potential for continued growth.
Transport and Distribution
Strong road and rail infrastructure has led to the development of a significant transport and distribution sector in Tamworth. The relative affordability of available industrial land for expansion and Tamworth’s central location present opportunities for the consolidation and continued growth of the regional transport industry.