The Department of Jobs and Small Business assessed and rated occupational skills shortages in 2017-18 period across the nation, broken down across each state and territory and occupation. A detailed listing can be found be selecting the following link: Skill Shortage 2017-18.

A brief snapshot of skills shortages for occupations at a national level follow:


Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals:
– Architect
– Surveyor
– Civil Engineering Professionals
– Mechanical Engineer
– Agricultural Consultant/Scientist
– Veterinarian

Health Professionals:
– Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
– Sonographer
– Optometrist
– Physiotherapist
– Midwife


Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers:
– Automotive Electrician
– Motor Mechanics
– Diesel Mechanic
– Sheetmetal Trades Worker
– Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
– Metal Fabricator
– Welder (First Class)
– Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)/(Mechanical)
– Metal Fitters and Machinists
– Fitter
– Metal Machinist (First Class)
– Locksmith
– Panelbeater
– Vehicle Painter

Construction Trades Workers:
– Bricklayer
– Stonemason
– Carpenters and Joiners
– Painting Trades Worker
– Glazier
– Fibrous Plasterer
– Roof Tiler
– Wall and Floor Tiler
– Plumbers

Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers:
– Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
– Telecommunications Trades Workers

Food Trades Workers
– Baker
– Pastrycook
– Butchers and Smallgoods Makers

Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers:
– Arborist

Other Technicians and Trades Workers:
– Hairdresser
– Cabinetmaker

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