SSO Skills Forecast

PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cable-making

The polymer processing industry is a downstream industry to the chemical and petrochemical industries, sourcing both polymer raw materials and many of the additives from these sectors. The outputs from this industry (including plastics, rubber, and cables) are used directly in almost all other industries and as components in many consumer products.

Victoria and New South Wales are the major hubs for polymer processing in all industry sectors excepting “Other polymer product manufacturing sector” where Queensland has slightly more enterprises than Victoria and New South Wales.

Most polymer processing businesses are small or micro-businesses. The rigid and semi-rigid polymer product manufacturing sector has the most businesses and is also served by two large well-known companies, Pratt Holdings, and Pact Group Holdings.

While there are no general licensing issues, licensing arrangements are consistent with relevant legislation and regulations applying in each State and Territory.


Sector Overview


The Australian polymer processing (previously known as plastics, rubber and cable-making) industry is a downstream industry to the chemical and petrochemical industries, sourcing both polymer raw materials and many of the additives from these sectors. Other additives, such as fillers, may be sourced from the minerals sector. The outputs from this industry are used directly in almost all other industries and as components in many consumer products.

There are five qualifications in the PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cable-making Training Package ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma level.

  • PMB20116 Certificate II in Polymer Processing

  • PMB30116 Certificate III in Polymer Processing

  • PMB40116 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology

  • PMB50116 Diploma of Polymer Technology

  • PMB60116 Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology

The following Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) codes cover businesses in this industry:


  • Subdivision 18 Group 182 Basic Polymer Manufacturing

  • Subdivision 19 Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing

Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are the formal channel for considering industry skills requirements in the development and review of training packages.

Each IRC is made up of people with close links to industry. They are leaders in their own sectors from big business to small enterprise and peak bodies to unions, who understand the skills needs of their sector, industry or occupation.

IRCs ensure training packages meet the needs and concerns of employers, employees, training providers, and people seeking training qualifications.

IRCs gather information to help develop and review training packages, ensuring the national training system provides the qualifications, knowledge and skill sets that industry needs.

Each IRC is supported by a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to help them in their work. 

Skills Service Organisations (SSO)

Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) are independent, professional service organisations that support IRCs in their work developing and reviewing training packages.

SSOs support industry engagement while remaining independent from both industry and the training sector.

SSOs prepare documents, such as the skills forecast and proposed schedule of work, and assist with training package development and review.

SSOs are a key access point for other industry stakeholders who want to play a part in the development of training packages. 

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