We provide 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.
We were established in July 2020 under the National Skills Commissioner Act 2020 and are led by a Statutory Office Holder, Adam Boyton. We are guided by our Strategic Plan, supported by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and provide advice to the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business and the Secretary of DESE.
Our focus is on 3 long-term outcomes:
- to make an enduring and relevant contribution to labour market information
- to improve the quality, accessibility and relevance of VET
- to contribute to a labour market that effectively aligns skills needs with education and training.
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 get back to work and build a strong economy for the future.
We monitor, research and analyse employment dynamics across different demographic groups, industries, occupations and regions. We consider how changes in the labour market will impact jobs today and in the future. And we consider how those changes will impact the economy’s education and skills needs.
We do this through our flagship data engine – the Jobs and Education Data Infrastructure project, or JEDI, our surveys of employers, and labour market research. We examine what occupations are emerging in the economy now, and what the future might hold for the labour market.
And we communicate our findings both to government and to the public.
The creation of the NSC was one of the key recommendations from the review conducted by the Honourable Steven Joyce, Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System (the Joyce review), completed in 2019. The Government committed to the establishment of the NSC in the 2019-20 Budget as part of the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow Skills Package.
To inform the design of the NSC, the Australian Government undertook a comprehensive co-design process in late 2019. A discussion paper calling for submissions was published and 59 submissions were received. To complement the discussion paper, over 500 people participated in one of the 13 workshops and two small business roundtables across Australia.