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Australian Labour Market Update for Migrants

A quarterly publication produced by the National Skills Commission (formerly the Department of Education, Skills and Employment) to aid the understanding of the labour market for those seeking jobs in Australia, particularly migrants and those providing services to migrants.

Australian Labour Market Update - October 2020 (Word) (493.6KB) Australian Labour Market Update - October 2020 (PDF) (387.6KB)

STEM Occupations List

The file below contains a list of 108 ANZSCO 4-digit occupations classified as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This occupations list is used by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in analytical reports.

STEM occupations list – February 2019 (12.7KB)

Changes in the Australian labour market: a 30-year perspective (2019)

The Australian labour market has experienced almost three decades of uninterrupted growth. This note looks at a number of changes that the labour market has undergone over this time, to paint a big picture view of where our future jobs might be, each with their own range of required skills and education.

Changes in the Australian labour market: a 30-year perspective (Word) (415.5KB) Changes in the Australian labour market: a 30-year perspective (PDF) (843.9KB)

Survey of personal care workers in aged and disability care (2018)

Personal care workers provide care, support and services to the elderly or to those with disability, either in their own home or in a clinic, hospital, in a residential care facility, or community setting.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment conducted a survey of employers in the aged and disability care sectors in September-October 2017, focussing on the issues they face when recruiting for personal care workers. Read more about:

• what employers are looking for

• the range of tasks these workers undertake

• recruitment experiences and outcomes, and

• turnover and retention.

Summary of findings: Personal Care Workers in aged and disability care: a snapshot (720.0KB) The full report: The labour market for personal care workers, in aged and disability care, Australia 2017 (1.2MB) Disability care sector detailed report: Appendix A: The labour market for personal care workers, Australia 2017 (878.1KB) Aged care sector detailed report: Appendix B: The labour market for personal care workers, Australia 2017 (861.9KB)

Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The National Skills Commission projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

Workforce Shortages

The National Skills Commission carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.