Overview

The Skills Priority List (SPL) is a major deliverable for the National Skills Commission (NSC), which has the responsibility for providing trusted and independent intelligence on Australia’s labour market. The SPL provides a detailed view of shortages as well as the future demand for occupations across Australia. This list provides the backbone for labour market analysis on occupations that will be a key input to a range of Australian Government policy initiatives, including targeting of skilled migration.

SPL Categories

Taking account of all available information, a current labour market rating is determined for each occupation. Ratings are provided nationally, as well as for each state and territory. Where there is evidence suggesting variation between metropolitan and regional locations this is reflected in the rating.

Additionally, each occupation is given an indicative future demand rating (strong, moderate or soft) to indicate the likely demand for the occupation over the coming 5-year period using a proportional approach. Each occupation assessed is categorised into one of six categories:

SPL categories
Current Labour Market Assessment Future Demand Indicator
1 Shortage Strong future demand
2 Shortage Moderate future demand
3 Shortage Soft future demand
4 No Shortage Strong future demand
5 No Shortage Moderate future demand
6 No Shortage Soft future demand

 

Where shortages are restricted to regional areas (Regional Shortage), this is shown as (R) against the occupation, and where shortages are restricted to metropolitan areas (Metropolitan Shortage), this is shown as (M) against the occupation. The term metropolitan area refers to state and territory capital cities and regional refers to the rest of the state or territory. A selective list of occupations is given below.

Appendix: Occupation Ratings

Ratings are provided nationally, and for each state and territory, where sufficient evidence is available. An occupation may be assessed as being in shortage even though not all specialisations are in shortage. Similarly, a rating of national shortage does not mean that employers in every geographical location have difficulty recruiting.

While an occupation can be considered in shortage, it is possible that job seekers may face competition for positions, due to the level of experience or specialisations required. Similarly, employers can still have difficulty recruiting for occupations that are not in shortage.

The SPL provides the following ratings of the current labour market for occupations where sufficient data are available to make an assessment.

Shortage (S)

Shortages exist when employers are unable to fill or have considerable difficulty filling vacancies for an occupation, or significant specialised skill needs within that occupation, at current levels of remuneration and conditions of employment, and in reasonably accessible locations.

In some instances, shortages may be apparent in some specialisations within the occupation, but otherwise shortages are not apparent. In these instances, provided there is sufficient evidence, the occupation will still be considered in shortage.

Metropolitan Shortage (M)

Shortages, (as defined above) are restricted to metropolitan areas.

Regional Shortage (R)

Shortages (as defined above) are restricted to regional areas.

No Shortage (NS)

Research has not identified any significant difficulty filling vacancies. For some occupations, a lack of evidence overall will, by default, result in an occupation being rated as ‘No Shortage’.

 

Occupations in national shortage, with strong future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
132111 Corporate Services Manager S S S S S S S S S Strong
135112 ICT Project Manager S S S S S S S S S Strong
139914 Quality Assurance Manager S S S S S S S S S Strong
221111 Accountant (General) S S S S S S S S S Strong
221112 Management Accountant S S S S S S S S S Strong
221113 Taxation Accountant S S S S S S S S S Strong
221213 External Auditor S S S S S S S S S Strong
221214 Internal Auditor S S S S S S S S S Strong
233211 Civil Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233212 Geotechnical Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233213 Quantity Surveyor S S S S S S S S S Strong
233214 Structural Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233215 Transport Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233311 Electrical Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233512 Mechanical Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) S S S S S S S S S Strong
233612 Petroleum Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
261312 Developer Programmer S S S S S S S S S Strong
261313 Software Engineer S S S S S S S S S Strong
262112 ICT Security Specialist S S S S S S S S S Strong
322313 Welder (First Class) S S S S S S S S S Strong
341111 Electrician (General) S S S NS S S S S S Strong
351112 Pastrycook R R R R R R R R NS Strong
351311 Chef S S S S S S S S S Strong
351411 Cook S S S S S S S S S Strong
423111 Aged or Disabled Carer S S S S S S S S S Strong

Occupations in national shortage, with moderate future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
133111 Construction Project Manager S S S S S S S S S Moderate
133211 Engineering Manager S S S S S S S S S Moderate
234411 Geologist S S S S S S S S S Moderate
234412 Geophysicist S S S S S S S S S Moderate
234413 Hydrogeologist S S S S S S S S S Moderate
234513 Biochemist S S S S S S S S S Moderate
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher S S S S S S S S S Moderate
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson S S S S S S S S S Moderate
312212 Civil Engineering Technician S S S S S S S S S Moderate
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson S S S S S S S S S Moderate
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician S S S S S S S S S Moderate
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) S S S S S S S S S Moderate
323211 Fitter (General) S S S S S S S S S Moderate
323212 Fitter and Turner S S S S S S S S S Moderate
323213 Fitter-Welder S S S S S S S S S Moderate
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) S S S S S S S S S Moderate
331212 Carpenter S S S S S S S S S Moderate
334111 Plumber (General) S S S NS S S S S S Moderate
342413 Telecommunications Linesworker S S S S S S S S S Moderate
342414 Telecommunications Technician S S S S S S S S S Moderate
391111 Hairdresser S S S S S S S S S Moderate

Occupations in national shortage, with soft future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
321111 Automotive Electrician S S S S S S S S S Soft
333311 Roof Tiler S S S S S S S S S Soft

 

Occupations not in national shortage, with strong future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
135111 Chief Information Officer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
212411 Copywriter NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
212413 Print Journalist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
212414 Radio Journalist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
212415 Technical Writer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
212416 Television Journalist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
221211 Company Secretary NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
221212 Corporate Treasurer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
222311 Financial Investment Adviser NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
222312 Financial Investment Manager NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
223111 Human Resource Adviser NS S NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
223112 Recruitment Consultant NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
224412 Policy Analyst NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
224611 Librarian NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
224711 Management Consultant NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
225111 Advertising Specialist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
225112 Market Research Analyst NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
225113 Marketing Specialist NS S NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
232111 Architect NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232112 Landscape Architect NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232311 Fashion Designer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232411 Graphic Designer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232413 Multimedia Designer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232414 Web Designer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
232511 Interior Designer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
233111 Chemical Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
233112 Materials Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
233511 Industrial Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
233513 Production or Plant Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
241311 Middle School Teacher NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
242111 University Lecturer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
242211 Vocational Education Teacher NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
251512 Industrial Pharmacist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
251911 Health Promotion Officer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
261212 Web Developer NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
261311 Analyst Programmer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
261314 Software Tester NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
262111 Database Administrator NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
262113 Systems Administrator NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
263112 Network Administrator NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263113 Network Analyst NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263212 ICT Support Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263311 Telecommunications Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician NS S NS R NS R NS R NS Strong
313112 ICT Customer Support Officer NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
313113 Web Administrator NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
411211 Dental Hygienist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
411212 Dental Prosthetist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
411213 Dental Technician NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
411214 Dental Therapist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Strong
511111 Contract Administrator NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong
511112 Program or Project Administrator NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Strong

 

Occupations not in national shortage, with moderate future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
133411 Manufacturer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
133513 Production Manager (Mining) NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
134211 Medical Administrator NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
134311 School Principal NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
149212 Customer Service Manager NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
149311 Conference and Event Organiser NS S NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
149913 Facilities Manager NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
149914 Financial Institution Branch Manager NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
212212 Book or Script Editor NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
212313 Director of Photography NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
212314 Film and Video Editor NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio) NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
212318 Video Producer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
222113 Insurance Broker NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
222211 Financial Market Dealer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
223311 Training and Development Professional NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224111 Actuary NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224112 Mathematician NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224113 Statistician NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224311 Economist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224511 Land Economist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
224512 Valuer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
225211 ICT Account Manager NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
225212 ICT Business Development Manager NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
225213 ICT Sales Representative NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
225311 Public Relations Professional NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
231111 Aeroplane Pilot NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
231212 Ship’s Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
233411 Electronics Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
233911 Aeronautical Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
233913 Biomedical Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
233914 Engineering Technologist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
234511 Life Scientist (General) NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
234514 Biotechnologist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
234517 Microbiologist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
241213 Primary School Teacher NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
241411 Secondary School Teacher NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
249311 Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
251111 Dietitian NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
251112 Nutritionist NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
261111 ICT Business Analyst NS S NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
261112 Systems Analyst NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
312111 Architectural Draftsperson NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
313212 Telecommunications Field Engineer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
313213 Telecommunications Network Planner NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
399912 Interior Decorator NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
451711 Flight Attendant NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
599915 Clinical Coder NS NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS Moderate
599916 Facilities Administrator NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
612114 Real Estate Agent NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate
639211 Retail Buyer NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS Moderate

 

Occupations not in national shortage, with soft future demand

ANZSCO Occupation AUS NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Future Demand
312411 Electronic Engineering Draftsperson NS NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS Soft
312412 Electronic Engineering Technician NS NS S NS NS NS NS S NS Soft