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Workforce Shortages

Skill shortage research is located on the National Skills Commission (NSC) website. The NSC has developed the Skills Priority List (SPL) produced annually to review the national skills needs of Australia. The SPL provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for occupations nationally. Current labour market ratings will also be available for occupations at a state and territory level.

The SPL provides the backbone piece of labour market analysis on occupations that will inform a range of subsequent government policy responses, including targeting of apprenticeship incentives, training funding and skilled migration. Noting that each of these measures will also need to consider other inputs relevant to their specific policy needs. The evidence supporting the development of the SPL includes labour market data analysis, employer surveys and stakeholder consultation with representative bodies and federal and state/territory government agencies. The research and inputs are specifically designed to produce a robust account of skill shortages within the Australian labour market.

For any further information about this research please email us directly at SkillsPriorityList@skillscommission.gov.au

Australian Jobs

Australian Jobs is an easy to follow guide to the Australian labour market. It includes information about industries and occupations as well as states, territories and regions. The publication highlights trends in the Australian labour market and provides guidance about job search and the skills employers value.

Australian Jobs


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.