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Profile of the Industry

This is an industry wide campaign aimed at increasing the awareness and knowledge of school students, workers and the general public about the wide variety of career options, roles and paths available in a hardware store.

Hardware stores sell to households, businesses, trades people and builders.  The industry is made up of a wide variety of stores and suppliers.

Retail products include building materials, hand and power tools, paints, plumbing supplies, fixtures, garden supplies, plants, lawn mowers, household wares, appliances and full kitchens through to nuts and bolts.  Your average hardware store will contain hundreds of different products.

The hardware industry encompasses a wide range of businesses of all shapes and sizes and across metropolitan, regional and remote areas. The industry also includes a wide array of suppliers who are local, national or international companies.

  • Australians spend over $22Bn per annum on hardware,building supplies and garden products
  • There are 5900 hardware stores throughout Australia
  • More than 64,000 people are employed in the Industry

One of the somewhat unique aspects of the hardware industry is the array of career paths and roles within many hardware outlets.  Opportunities exist across all age groups and interests with the ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned into your everyday life.

Your local Hardware store is generally owned and operated by a person who lives locally and is passionate about your local community.

Your general hardware store is made up of various departments which are focused on the products sold in that department. Most commonly the main departments are Paint, Building Supplies, Garden and Outdoor, Tools and General Hardware ( being your nuts and bolts, nails, washers etc)