Skills Priority List

What is the Skills Priority List? 

The NSC has responsibility for regularly reviewing the national skills needs of Australia and producing a Skills Priority List (SPL).

The SPL will help policy makers understand the skills needs of the Australian economy and may be used to inform policy responses such as skilled migration, training and employer incentives.

The evidence supporting the development of this list will include labour market analysis, employer surveys and stakeholder consultation with representative bodies.

Process Overview

The SPL will be underpinned by a methodology, currently in development, and will be made available through our website once finalised.

For the stakeholder component of this process, the NSC will engage with peak bodies, industry groups, professional organisations, unions and regional representative bodies on the development of the SPL. This is to ensure the NSC has visibility of Australia’s skills needs for the widest range of occupations.

Consultation Timeline

Stakeholder consultation will involve a twice-yearly online survey as well as follow-up face-to-face engagement with peak, industry and employee groups as appropriate.

An indicative timeline is below:

When What

Year round

Face-to-face/digital engagement with stakeholders as appropriate

October 2020

Initial stakeholder survey

February 2021

Follow-up stakeholder survey

FAQs

What will the SPL be used for?

The SPL will help policy makers understand the skills needs of the Australian economy and may be used to inform policy responses to shortages such as skilled migration and/or training and employer incentives.

The SPL will be publicly available for any or all Government agencies or stakeholders to use.

Who is the survey for?

The SPL stakeholder survey is targeted towards peak bodies, industry groups, professional organisations, unions and regional representative bodies only. We are seeking to gauge the issues and concerns employer members may be facing through their respective representative body.

At this stage, we will not directly engage with employers through stakeholder consultation. The NSC will seek input from employers separately through an employer survey.

If you or other representative bodies would like to be included in this process, please let us know by emailing SkillsPriorityList@skillscommission.gov.au.

Can I meet with the NSC?

In addition to the survey, we are happy to engage with stakeholders on an ongoing basis. Please email us at SkillsPriorityList@skillscommission.gov.au to request a meeting. We acknowledge continuing restrictions around social distancing may impact on our ability to safely engage with you in person, so we will engage with you in the most effective way possible via online platforms or teleconference.

What sort of information are you looking for?

You are in the best position to help us understand the skills needs of the industry, occupation or region you represent. We are primarily looking for information on where employers are having difficulty filling positions. However, if there is something important that we need to know about an occupation when we undertake the consultation process, please tell us. We are particularly interested in finding new sources of reliable labour market data.

The NSC complies with all relevant provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act. The NSC sits with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The department’s privacy page can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/privacy and includes key information regarding how we handle your personal information.  If you have any questions about the confidentiality of your information and data collected in this process, please email at Privacy@skillscommission.gov.au or call +61 2 2649 0393.

Will there be a regional focus?

While we are consulting nationally, we are ensuring that we engage with regional representative bodies such as Regional Development Australia committees.

Will there be future consultation on the SPL?

This is an ongoing process with a twice-yearly survey

Questions and Feedback

If you are a representative industry body and would like to know more about the process, or have any questions about the SPL, you can email us directly at SkillsPriorityList@skillscommission.gov.au.