Skill shortages

The Department of Employment carries out research to identify skill shortages in the Australian labour market. The research results provide information about skill shortages at the state, territory and/or national level.


The department’s skill shortage research program covers more than 100 skilled occupations on an annual basis.

The site is currently being updated to reflect research undertaken in the six months to June 2017. Most reports are now available and all remaining analysis is expected to be published by 25 September 2017.

A paper outlining the methodology used in this research, including definitions for each rating, is available.

A rating of ‘shortage’ does not mean every job seeker will readily find employment - ratings should be viewed in the context of the full occupational analysis by reading the related occupational report.

The skill shortage research does not provide information for particular regions or industries, but the department produces a range of products which provide analysis of regional labour markets and industries.

Information about Australian regional labour markets is available from:

Profiles of employment trends for occupations and industries are available from:

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