Designers provide simple and elegant solutions to complex problems. They reflect current trends and they challenge the way we think and see ourselves. They balance creativity with cost-effective and innovative construction. They design our clothes, our public spaces, our furniture and our wine labels. They are often employed as ‘embedded creatives’, and they provide design solutions for every industry sector. Australian design is an exhilarating place to be, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.

Contribution to the Australian economy


Industry Value

$26.1 billion

Gross value added

People Employed


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.

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Sectors & Occupations

The design industry is as far-reaching as it is exciting, with specialists working in areas such as graphic design, furniture design, illustration, interior design, industrial design, computer system design, gaming design, jewellery and fashion. Many gained their practical skills and hands-on experience through ‘real life’ vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Check out a sample of the most popular occupations in each sector. Click on them for more information.

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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Career Stories

VET delivers outstanding employment results for its graduates – watch the following stories and see for yourself. You will be amazed at the career pathways that a VET qualification can unlock for you in the design industry.

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Mitchell’s Story

When you do an apprenticeship, you’ve got that job, you can stay in that job.”

VET Qualification: Certificate III in Signage

Career: Sign Writer

As a teenager, Mitchell remembers admiring the promotional signage and stickers on cars, and a career in sign writing eventually beckoned. Mitchell recently has achieved his goal of securing a sign-writing position with V8 Supercars team Nissan Motorsport.

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Nathan’s Story

I use stories and colours that represent something of Aboriginal art.”

VET Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Career: Interior Designer

Nathan’s creative mind and passion for art and design began at a young age. Now a fully qualified interior designer at Laminex in Perth, his designs have appeared in Scoop Home and Art Magazine and The West Australian.

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The Academy of Interactive Entertainment's Story

"The students are getting so many valuable skills from an industry training perspective that they are able to go on and work on big name movies as well as triple A games." 

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is a specialist game institution established in 1996. Its graduates today work in the top creative studios around the world and contribute to the success of acclaimed games such as Gears of War 4 and movie blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road.

Skills for your Career

My Skills can help you find the right course to ignite your career in the design industry. You can search for VET courses and compare information such as fees, durations, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a number of different ways to search for VET courses on My Skills.

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Careers in Demand

A number of skilled occupations are currently in shortage in engineering design. These jobs are in demand across Australia, so there’s a good chance of ongoing employment when you complete your training. If you want to set yourself up for a rewarding career, check out the following jobs and the VET courses that will give you the practical skills you need to gain employment in them.

Growth Areas

Architectural, engineering and technical services is the largest employing sector in design. If you’re interested in a career in the design industry, the following VET courses are worth considering, because they will prepare you for work in areas where employment is expected to grow over the next three years.


With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here are a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.