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The importance of the logistics sector echoes across all of Australia’s manufacturing, retail, transport, postal and forestry industries.

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70,300 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

What does the logistics industry look like?

Without a specialised and high-functioning logistics industry, Australia’s productivity would be reduced. Statistics on the importance of logistics to the national GDP are limited because they do not take into account the logistics activities undertaken by companies themselves.

The logistics sector is made up of the part of the supply chain that plans, delivers and controls the flow of goods from point to point.

Domestic opportunities include:

  • agriculture
  • local delivery
  • containerised delivery
  • airfreight.

What job roles are there in logistics?

For those looking to work in the logistics sector, job roles are diverse, opportunities include:

  • purchasing and supply logistic clerks
  • freight and furniture handlers
  • storepersons
  • supply, distribution and procurement managers
  • truck drivers
  • warehouse managers
  • forklift drivers
  • transport and despatch clerks.

What skills do you need to work in logistics?

Employers in these fields of logistics all value:

  • a keen understanding of customer and personal service
  • proficient English comprehension (both oral and written)
  • problem solving skills 
  • problem sensitivity.

Unique skills involved with logistics include:

  • clerical knowledge
  • mathematical skills.

For transport and despatch clerks, an advanced knowledge of geography – that is, knowing how to describe the physical characteristics of land, sea, air, and how they work together, is highly valued.

Roles associated with supply chain and logistics workers are expanding to incorporate the management of increasingly intricate structures and the growing significance of technology.

Postgraduate qualifications can now attribute a wage premium of 48% (compared to those with no post-school qualification) directly to their qualification. The numbers of logistics sector workers with a postgraduate qualification in management and commerce is rising.

Further study in the logistics sector can accelerate career progression both directly within the sector and within individual industries.

I wanted to show prospective employers that I have extensive experience, coupled with a qualification highlighting the latest practices in logistics.
Student Q&A: Susan Taylor
, TLI50415 - Diploma of Logistics
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Logistics industry insights

There's no doubt that the area of Logistics is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

  • Future job growth
    *Up to 3,000 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    Very large
    There are 83,700 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    Most regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in most areas of Australia.*Source
  • Full time
    Logistics clerks
    Average of $49,500 - 57,100 per annum
  • Full time
    Transport and despatch clerks
    Average of $58,400 - 81,500 per annum
  • Full time
    Logistics managers
    Average of $70,000 - 122,300 per annum
  • Considerations
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Age range
  • 34 years old and younger
  • 35-54 years
  • 55 years and older
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
  • Certificate III and IV
  • Diploma and above

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study logistics with Upskilled?

Upskilled’s logistics courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to enrol at any time of the year and study at your own pace.

What will you learn?

Among other things, you’ll learn how to develop, facilitate and monitor:

  • all aspects of operational planning and team effectiveness
  • to recognise and respond to diverse and complex supply chain requirements.

You’ll also learn how to work within a structured logistics framework and how to apply recognised technological and logistical solutions to a variety of industry-based situations. Other skills include:

  • a basic understanding of production and processing
  • administration and management
  • customer and personal service.

This job role will also potentially be using or supervising the use of equipment and technology to facilitate the movement and storage of products.

Your daily work life will include:

  • obtaining and processing information
  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • dealing with technology
  • team development
  • communication with stakeholders.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.
Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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