Industry Overview

Paper products are in our households, offices, hospitals, food outlets and public buildings – from tissues and toilet paper, medical and sanitary products, to packaging and printing. These are all produced by the pulp and paper sector. While consumers have moved towards more digital and online habits, many paper products remain in high demand – especially packaging and family care products in the wake of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep up with ongoing demand in a sustainable way, industry is pushing for more re-use and recycling in the production process, allowing for the maximum value to be made from the materials and resources available. Industry requires support for skills in areas such as bio-manufacturing and recovered paper, so that work can be conducted in a safe, effective, and consistent manner.

The Pulp and Paper Industry Reference Committee (IRC) covers the following sectors:

  • Personal and Family Care Products
  • Paper Products
  • Fibre Based Packaging

Download the 2019-20 Year in Review for Pulp and Paper ManufacturingPPP Stats

Want to know more about the work to improve skills standards for this industry?

Industry trends, challenges and opportunities are gathered through consultation with industry and research. They are documented in Skills Forecasts, which the Australian Industry and Skills Committee considers to determine future training package (skills standards) projects. Each project is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and managed by Skills Impact. Click on the menu to the left for more information about the IRC, current projects, Skills Forecasts, as well as current units, skill sets and qualifications within the Training Package.


Statistics sourced: IBISWorld Industry Wizard, 2020