Sovereign Manufacturing and Jobs

Contribution to Australia


21,000 FTE Jobs

Over 4,000 manufacturers, component suppliers, service and repairers, and dealerships support a large number of Australians and creates significant value chains.


30,000 Units Annually

Annually, 30,000 RVs are assembled in Australia, with two-thirds built entirely in Australia. There are 190 local manufacturers of recreational vehicles (caravans & motorhomes).

Economic Benefits

$4.6 billion annually

Trade businesses create $4.6b per annum in revenue, which helps sustain a caravam and camping visitor economy worth $23.1B to the econmy each year.

Our Focus

The recreational vehicle trade sector is of significant national importance as the largest manufacturing sector of automotive production in Australia, following the reduction in the car industry over the past decade.

A long history dating back to the 1950s, RV manufacturers and component suppliers have led the way in designing and constructing innovative and safe vehicles built for Australian roads and harsh outdoor climates.

With increased global competition, changing market behaviour, new technological advancements, transformative factory processes underway and ongoing regulatory reform, our RV Manufacturing Policy and Advocacy stream is focused on the following:

  • Promoting the importance of the trade sector to the Federal government in creating economic value and jobs;
  • Advocating on behalf of industry regarding the Road Vehicle Standards Act and its implementation;
  • Informing Federal government on road safety issues and the need for relevant regulatory oversight;
  • Ensuring opportunities for Industry 4.0 development are applied to the industry;
  • Informing Federal government on the importance of the sector in job creation and the opportunities it provides for apprenticeships and training.
  • Advocating on relevant, fair and sustainable Australian Consumer Law amendments;
  • Advising government committees on relevant technical and standards issues appropriate to the industry.

Latest Announcements

Australian made week – local caravan production at 30 year high

The caravan industry in Australia contributes more than $23B annually to the Australian economy and has extensive local supply chains that involve more than 6,000 businesses across manufacturing, dealerships, servicing, repair and tourism (caravan and holiday parks). There are currently more than 750,000 recreational vehicles (caravans & motorhomes) registered on Australian roads, with 90% of […]

Federal Budget Stimulus sought by Caravan Industry Association of Australia

This year it has been more important than ever to bring the Caravan and Camping sectors front of mind with politicians, and with the Federal Budget being delayed due to Coronavirus, business operators are eagerly awaiting October to see what the 2020-2021 Federal Budget will bring. Caravan and camping is such an important park of […]

An Open Letter to Industry | National COVID-19: Update #1

There is no doubt we are living through unprecedented times and that the impact of the Bushfire crisis and the COVID-19 outbreak will have significant impacts on communities, businesses, industry and the economy across Australia. While the tourism industry is suffering, the caravanning and camping sector will prove the most resilient. History tells us that […]