Australian Jobs Report

Welcome to the 2021 edition of Australian Jobs. This publication provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market to support job seekers and employment service providers, career advisers, those considering future training and people interested in labour market issues.

How to use Australian Jobs

Australian Jobs 2021 is designed to step you through all aspects of the labour market. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the labour market and there is now more competition for certain jobs. Accordingly, it is more important than ever to understand what employers are looking for and to gain an understanding of the labour market that you are moving into.

The publication opens with an overview of Australia’s diverse labour markets. The story of COVID-19, its impact on the labour market, and the subsequent economic recovery is detailed for each state and territory. Comprehensive analysis outlining employment opportunities across industries and occupations is also provided.

The second half of the publication provides a step-by-step process on how to find a job. From where vacancies are located, to what employers are looking for, demonstrating how formal education can help you achieve career goals and outlining what government programs are available to assist you.

There are also several pages from the National Careers Institute (NCI). The NCI was established to ensure people have access to authoritative and accurate careers information and support, irrespective of their age or career stage. You can read about the various products and services available to be connected to further education, training or work options to support your career needs or goals.

It is important to remember that the labour market can change quickly. It isn’t easy to forecast future labour market conditions and it isn’t recommended to base employment and training decisions solely on predicted shortages. It is far better to train in an area in which you have an interest and aptitude than choosing a career solely based on expectations about future conditions.

Sometimes, though, while occupations can be in high demand, job seekers can still face significant competition for positions. Conversely, employers sometimes have difficulty recruiting for occupations which have limited growth or are in decline.

More detailed information is available

Websites that offer additional information include:

There is a range of Government assistance available to help you get workplace experience, gain skills through education and training, and find the right job. More information about the assistance available is provided on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website at dese.gov.au.

Inquiries about Australian Jobs should be directed to AustralianJobs@skillscommission.gov.au.

The contents of Australian Jobs 2021 is based on information available at the time of publication. Over time, the reliability of the data and analysis may diminish. The Commonwealth, its officers, employees and agents do not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies contained in the report or for any negligence in the compilation of the report and disclaim liability for any loss suffered by any person arising from the use of this report. Labour market information must be used cautiously as employment prospects can change over time and vary by region. It is important in making and assessing career choices to consider all factors, including interest and aptitudes, remuneration and expectations, and the requirements of occupations.