Australian Jobs Report

Welcome to the 2020 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 work and people interested in labour market issues.

How to use Australian Jobs

Australians Jobs 2020 is designed to step you through all aspects of the labour market. The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on the labour market and there is now more competition for jobs. It is more important than ever to understand what employers are looking for and to understand the labour market that you are moving into.

The first three sections are an overview of Australia’s diverse labour market, providing analysis and outlining opportunities across industries, occupations and locations.

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.

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.

While occupations can be in high demand, job seekers can still face significant competition for positions, and employers sometimes have difficulty recruiting for occupations which are not growing very much or are even in decline.

More detailed information is available

The analysis in this publication gives an overview of some of the factors to consider in understanding employment conditions and the changes which are occurring in the labour market.

Links to 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 this assistance is in the Government Programs section and on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website at

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The contents of Australian Jobs 2020 are 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.