Vacancy Report

Latest release - August 2015

Over the past five months, there has been a reduction in the number of new job advertisements listed on the Australian JobSearch (AJS) website. This may be as a result of the transition of employment services from Job Services Australia to jobactive. While the number of job advertisements listed on AJS is expected to recover in the near term, the data in this report should be used with caution.

Headline results

A table showing the headline results from the latest vacancy report.

Graphic representation of the Interenet Vacancy Index in seasonally adjusted and trend terms.


The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) increased by 0.2% in trend terms in August 2015, but remains 0.9% lower than the level recorded a year ago. The level of vacancies is now 153,000 (or 50.0%) below the March 2008 peak. This suggests that labour market conditions are likely to remain relatively subdued, at least in the near term.

A table showing current level of trend vacancies and monthly and annual change, by state.

Next month's Vacancy Report will be released on Wednesday 21 October 2015.

Data files

Vacancy Report August 2015 (DOCX) IVI Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX) IVI Detailed Occupation Data - March 2006 onwards (XLS) IVI Regional Data - May 2010 onwards (XLSX) Map of IVI Regions (PDF) IVI Skill Level Data - January 2006 onwards (XLSX)


The IVI is the only publicly available source of detailed data on online vacancies, including for around 350 occupations (at all skill levels), as well as for all states/territories and 38 regions. The IVI is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during the month. As such, the IVI does not reflect the total number of job advertisements in the labour market as it does not include jobs advertised through other online job boards, employer websites, word of mouth, in newspapers, and advertisements in shop windows. The IVI also does not take account of multiple positions being advertised in a single job advertisement.

In response to the growing popularity of the Internet Vacancy Index, the Department of Employment releases the monthly Vacancy Report and associated data files by email to frequent users. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an email to