National Skills Commission


Visit the new National Skills Commission (NSC) website to learn more about labour market data and analysis, skills forecasting and VET pricing and performance.

As we deal with COVID-19 and the impact on the economy, we need to understand what’s happening in the labour market, the structural shifts that will occur and the skilling and re-training needed to get people back into work.

The NSC is a critical new part of Australia’s economic infrastructure, providing expert advice and national leadership on the Australian labour market, current and future skills needs and workforce development issues.

The NSC regularly contacts Australian businesses to gain insights on the impacts of COVID-19. If you have been contacted by one of our interviewers and have questions about the survey please visit the NSC website or email Information from the survey will be available on the NSC website and the Labour Market Information Portal.

Our Journey

The creation of the NSC was one of the key recommendations from the review conducted by the Honourable Steven Joyce, Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System (the Joyce review), completed in 2019.

A report summarising feedback from a comprehensive co-design process, titled This is what we heard was used to inform the design of the NSC.

The National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 to establish a new statutory position — the National Skills Commissioner (the Commissioner), received royal assent on 3 September 2020.

The NSC provides high quality advice 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.

Please contact the National Skills Commission for more information.


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with National Skills Commission.


  1. Co-designing the National Skills Commission Discussion paper

    Created: 26 September 2019

    This discussion paper informs the Australian Governments co-design of the National Skills Commission. Find out more about the National Skills Commission.

  2. NSC this is what we heard

    Created: 7 May 2020

    The 'This is What we Heard' Documents following the NSC Co-design