Inaugural Skills Priority List launched

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Skills Priority List

The Skills Priority List is a critical piece of the National Skills Commission’s analysis, providing a single source of advice on occupations that are in shortage and their expected future demand.

Launched today, the Skills Priority List, includes nearly 800 occupations and aims to help governments, industry and education providers understand Australia’s skills needs and shortages now and into the future.

National Skills Commissioner Adam Boyton said “The list provides an important starting point when considering policies to meet Australia’s skills needs, including training funding, skilled migration and other related initiatives and incentives. At the same time it is important to note that the Skills Priority List is not the sole input to government decisions on these policies”.

“In addition, it is important to acknowledge that while some occupations can be in high demand, job seekers can still face significant competition for positions. Similarly, for some jurisdictions training incentives may still be important for occupations not currently in shortage or with soft future demand.”

“The Skills Priority List uses a range of data and analysis from the National Skills Commission and other sources, complemented by extensive stakeholder input and employer surveys to ensure that what we are seeing from our research is in fact what is occurring on the ground.”

Shortages are most common in the Technicians and Trades Workers occupation group (with 42% of occupations assessed in this group in shortage nationally), followed by Professionals (19%), Machinery Operators and Drivers (17%), Managers (12%) and Community and Personal Service Workers (8%).

“When developing the inaugural list, we contacted more than 300 representative bodies to seek their input. Stakeholder engagement will be ongoing to ensure we capture the latest available information and trends,” Mr Boyton concluded.

The Skills Priority List is available here.