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 programme covers more than 100 skilled occupations on an annual basis.

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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