The National Skills Commission (NSC) provides expert advice and national leadership on Australia’s labour market and current, emerging and future workforce skills needs. We also have an important role in simplifying and strengthening Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

Australia’s labour market touches the lives of all Australians. Understanding where the jobs in demand are, and what skills are needed to do those jobs, will help more Australians into work and build a strong economy for the future.

NSC Strategic Plan

The NSC Strategic Plan outlines the purpose, long-term outcomes and values to achieve the NSC’s vision  Shaping Australia’s Future Workforce.

Our long term outcomes

To achieve our vision the NSC will focus on three long-term outcomes:

  • making an enduring and relevant contribution to labour market information
  • improving the quality, accessibility and relevance of vocational education and training (VET)
  • contributing to a labour market that effectively aligns skills needs with education and training.

Our values

We achieve our purpose by being collaborative, rigorous and innovative in the way we work.


Establishing the NSC was one of the key recommendations from Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System (the Joyce review), and part of the Australian Government's Skills Package — Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

The NSC, established on 1 July 2020, is enacted under the National Skills Commissioner Act 2020 (Cth) and led by National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton. The NSC is supported by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) and provides advice to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Skills and Training, and DEWR Secretary.