National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List

The National Skills Commission’s (NSC) Skills Priority List (SPL) has been published and is now publicly available at NSC – SPL (or see download at end).

The SPL provides a current labour market rating and a future demand rating for occupations nationally. Current labour market ratings are also available for occupations at a state and territory level.

The SPL provides the backbone piece of labour market analysis on occupations that will inform a range of subsequent government policy responses, including targeting of apprenticeship incentives, training funding and skilled migration, although the SPL will not be the sole input to government decisions on these policies.

The evidence supporting the development of this list includes labour market data analysis, employer surveys, and stakeholder consultation with federal and state/territory government agencies and representative bodies, such as yourselves.

The NSC would like to thank those who provided input to the SPL process. Your responses have provided them with valuable insights and evidence on the current and future state of the labour market. The submissions received were a key input to the assessment of occupations for the SPL.

While the SPL will be updated annually, the NSC is keen to remain across any changes to the labour market for occupations as they occur, especially considering the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The NSC welcomes input on the SPL year-round as part of our continual review process. Submissions can be provided to In addition, we plan to go out with the initial stakeholder survey for the 2021-22 process in September this year. We will provide further details to you closer to the date, an indicative timeline is below.

Year-roundFace-to-face/digital engagement with stakeholders as appropriate
SeptemberInitial stakeholder survey
FebruaryFollow-up stakeholder survey
NSC's indicative timeline for stakeholder surveys

If there are any other peaks, industry groups, unions, employee representative groups or regional representative bodies that you believe should be included in this process, please let the NSC know by emailing, and they will include them in their ongoing consultations/survey work.

Courtesy Workforce Analysis Team
National Skills Commission

NCVER Vocational Voices Podcast

Recently Artibus Innovation CEO David Morgan joined Professor John Buchanan, Simon Walker, and Steve Davis for a conversation about vocational clusters and how they could work in vocational education and training. The episode is now available - details below.

Episode 4, Season 5: Rationalising VET qualifications: support for a clustered model

Steve Davis, Simon Walker, Prof John Buchanan, David Morgan 2 December 2020 (31 mins)

Are there too many underutilised qualifications in the Australian VET system? Are some qualifications past their expiration date?

One method of reducing qualifications involves grouping them into vocational clusters so individuals can train for several jobs at once. This approach also creates greater transferability of skills in the labour market.

Do we have the appetite for such transformative change? Is there a role for good quality training that may sit outside the formal national training system?

Steve Davis talks to Professor John Buchanan, Business School, University of Sydney, David Morgan, CEO, Artibus Innovation and Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER about the notion of ‘clustering’ qualifications into vocational streams for a range of occupations and how it could be achieved.

The Vocational Voices Podcast is available on the NCVER website

Building and Construction

In response to the February 2020 directive and further correspondence from the AISC, the workplace assessment requirement has been removed from the Building and Construction qualifications package and final endorsement by the AISC is expected at the August meeting.

For more details on the progress of the project, see the Building and Construction Project Page for information and updates.

Surveying and Spatial Information Services

Validation Survey

Updated drafts of the surveying and spatial information services training products are now available for stakeholder confirmation that the structure and content of the proposed units and qualifications meets industry needs.

The drafts can be downloaded from the project page on the Artibus Innovation website, which also provides more information on the proposed changes. 

The validation questionnaire is available here and will be open until 6th July 2020.

Please let your networks know that this project is reaching finalisation and that feedback is welcomed.