Skill shortage Australia

Skill Shortages Australia report –  ‘A well-skilled future: Tailoring VET to the emerging labour market’

This report is part of a suite of research projects entitled ‘A well-skilled future: Tailoring VET to the emerging labour market’ conducted by a consortium of researchers from the National Institute of Labour Studies and the Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning. This report aims to clarify the term ‘skill shortage’ and to explain how skill shortages can be resolved naturally by market forces. It also provides some guidance on determining when a skill shortage requires public-policy intervention. Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), it aims to investigate future work skill needs and work organisation arrangements, and their implications for VET.

Research summary:

  • Skill acquisition and use across the life course:
  • Current trends, future prospects
  • Changing forms of employment and their implications for the development of skills
  • Demographic impacts on the future supply of vocational skills Research report
  • Changing work organisation and skill requirements
  • Social area differences in vocational education and training participation
  • Participation in vocational education and training across Australia
  • A regional analysis
  • Current vocational education and training strategies and responsiveness to emerging skills shortages and surpluses
  •  Matching supply of and demand for skills:
  • International perspectives

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Skill shortages and Job Creation will be discussed at a Long Term Unemployment Conference at the Gold Coast in August.


The Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014 is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment, being held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.