Our Work

The National Skills Commission provides high quality advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on Australia’s labour market, future workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs, including:

  • Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs
  • efficient prices for VET courses
  • the public and private return on government investment in VET qualifications
  • the performance of Australia’s system for providing VET
  • issues affecting the state of the Australian and international labour markets
  • opportunities to improve access, skills development and choice for regional, rural and remote Australia in relation to VET.

Much of our labour market analysis is published through the Labour Market Information Portal and occupational best practice data and information on the Job Outlook website.


Looking forward

Over the next 12 months, the NSC will build on its initial research to develop an in-depth understanding of current and future labour market conditions and skills needs. The NSC will use both traditional and new data sources and techniques such big data and machine learning approaches, as well as more traditional economic and skills analysis.

Our key focus areas include: 

  • assessing the nature of labour market recovery
  • determining skills shortages or surplus
  • analysing the structural shifts that are occurring in the labour market
  • identifying current, emerging and future skills needs.

Annual State of the Skills report 

This report will consolidate and strengthen labour market and skills needs analysis, providing an independent and trusted source of information about what is happening in the Australian labour market now and into the future. This report will be a resource for:

  • business and training providers to draw on to inform workforce planning
  • the National Careers Institute to assist individuals to make informed decisions about learning, training and work pathways
  • students to make informed decisions about their future, based on better information about their job prospects and incomes
  • Australian governments, as a robust basis for policy development.

Our work supports the National Careers Institute (NCI) in helping people make informed decisions about learning, training and work pathways.

The NCI informs, connects and promotes targeted careers information as part of a connected and coherent ‘career development system’. The NCI is designed to be a single government authoritative source of careers information to give Australians greater confidence and more beneficial outcomes in the career choices they make.