Polymer Processing

Workforce Priorities



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.

The Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) produces 6-monthly updates on identified workforce priorities for the mining, oil and gas industries. The updates examine issues, strategies and actions identified by industry, to guide the development of a skilled workforce to meet the needs of industry in Western Australia.


One of the Service Agreement deliverables, between the Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) and the Western Australian State Training Board, is to; Provide industry intelligence and data on workforce and occupational priorities to inform the:


To get in touch with the RITC and make your contribution to any of the above processes please contact Liz Crompton.

Industry Snapshots

The Industry Snapshots published by the RITC identify and discuss the industry developments and workforce challenges on an annual basis.


Follow below to access the 2020 Polymer Processing Industry Snapshot.

Industry Reports

These reports are drawn from a wide range of sources including industry,  other industry associations, consulting firms, Government agencies (including commissioned research) and also international peak bodies.