Polymers Industry


The Western Australia polymer industry is a varied manufacturing sub-sector producing plastic; bottles, pipe, foam, flooring, fiberglass and rubber products.

Some of the larger producers export their product, internally within Australia and globally to Europe and the USA.

The larger industry players are in the plastic foam (10% of national product (NP)), plastic bottle (10% NP), swimming pool (5% NP) and rubber belt (5.7% NP) manufacturing spaces.

November 26, 2018

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has established nine cross-sector projects to address common skills needs, minimise duplication of units, consolidate existing units and remove units that are no longer being used.

This will reduce the levels of complexity in the vocational education and training (VET) system, improve worker mobility through a standardised approach, allowing recognition of qualifications betwe...

October 25, 2018

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is an award-winning industry-led initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

IMNIS connects motivated PhD students (mentees) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with outstanding high level industry leaders (mentors) in a one year industry mentoring program.

IMNIS provides Australia’s future STEM leaders the opportunity to engage with i...

November 1, 2017

IBSA Manufacturing has announced it will be undertaking a review of the Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking (PMB) Training Package.  Feedback received by IBSA suggests the current PMB training package qualifications are too broad, without industry specific skills and containing redundant electives. The review will focus on the following qualifications and associated 178 units of competency:

  • PMB20116 Certificate II in Polymer P...

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Workforce Priorities


Find out more information about the skilling priorities of the polymer processing sector in Western Australia.

SSO Skills Forecast


Polymers - The Australian Polymer Processing (previously known as Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking) Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, links the sector trends, workforce skill priorities.

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Industry Reports


This section contains a range of industry reports from a wide range of sources which provide a broad perspective on the RITC industries with a focus on skilling and industry development issues.

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