To assist this process, the Department is seeking input from industry and employer groups, and other interested stakeholders, through a two-stage consultation process.
In this first round of consultation the Department is seeking input on the broad design principles that should underpin a methodology for identifying skills shortages for the purpose of targeting apprenticeship incentives. A second round of consultation will occur later this year, seeking comment on the proposed design of the replacement skills shortage methodology.
The attached Issues Paper outlines the motivations for the Review and highlights six possible design principles for a replacement skills shortage methodology. The Issues Paper sets out 19 guiding questions against which the Department is seeking your input.
Submissions may be made using the structured Submission Form or you may lodge a separate submission via the email address below (please refer to the Department’s submission guidelines). If you are unable to submit your response using one of these methods, please contact the Director, Apprenticeships Framework Policy through one of the following means:
The closing date for Submissions is 27 September 2019.
Further detail about the consultation process is available in the attached Consultation Document.
The steps in the consultation for the Review of the National Skills Needs List:
Stage 1The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family business announced the commencement of the Review on 29 August 2019 and released an Issues Paper outlining six design principles for a replacement methodology for identifying occupations in skills shortage for the purpose of targeting apprenticeship incentives.
Stage 2Stakeholders are invited to submit submissions on the 19 questions in the Issues Paper using the Submission Form or by emailing a stand alone submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the submission process, the Department will meet with employer and industry representatives.
Stage 3The submission period for the Issues Paper closes on 27 September 2019.
Stage 4A second consultation paper outlining a proposed skills shortage methodology for targeting apprenticeship incentives is planned for release in November.
Stage 5Stakeholders will be invited to submit submissions on the questions posed in the Discussion Paper. In addition to the submission process, the Department will meet with employer and industry representatives.
Stage 6The submission period for the Discussion Paper closes.
Stage 7The revised methodology and the list of occupations eligible for skills shortage incentives is planned for release as part of the release of the draft Guidelines for the new Incentives Australian Apprenticeships program, for commencement from 1 July 2020.
Background to the Review of the National Skills Needs List
The National Skills Needs List comprises occupations that have been identified as being in skills shortage for the purpose of targeting incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.
In the 2019-20 Budget the Government announced that it would replace the existing Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program with a new and streamlined Incentives for Australian Apprenticeships program, commencing 1 July 2020.
In anticipation of the commencement of the Incentives for Australian Apprenticeships program, the Government announced it would comprehensively review the National Skills Needs List, in consultation with industry and employer groups, to ensure it remains relevant to changing labour market demand.
The Review is being conducted by the Department in consultation with the Interim National Skills Commission to ensure a smooth handover to the National Skills Commission. The National Skills Commission will be responsible for maintaining and updating the skills shortage methodology and advising the Government on the composition of the occupation list going forward. The composition of the list will ultimately be a decision of the Government.