The National Careers Institute and its work

The National Careers Institute (NCI) ensures Australians have access to reliable and accurate careers information, resources, and support.

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Our vision is to be Australia’s recognised source of independent careers information for Australians of all ages and at all stages of their career.

We were formed by the Australian Government following the 2019-20 Federal Budget measure, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. 

We support the Government's commitment to strengthening and modernising Australia’s education, skills, and employment sectors.

As the NCI formed, we consulted more than 10,000 experts and stakeholders across Australia to help guide our direction and frame our areas of focus.

The foundation of our work is the world-leading labour market intelligence provided by the National Skills Commission, a partner who we work with and are regularly informed by.    

The strategic direction of our work is guided by the NCI Advisory Board. Members of the Board represent a diverse cross-section of Australian business, industry, and education providers.

The NCI’s Strategic Plan outlines our five strategic priorities over the next three years to continue our progress in supporting a strong and effective career services system.

Since we commenced on 1 July 2019, we have:

Consultation and co-design workshops

In 2019, we worked alongside the National Skills Commission and the Skills Organisation Pilots to conduct a series of workshops. The purpose of these workshops was to discuss and frame:

  • The role, priorities and goals of the NCI
  • The work of the National Skills Commission, who oversee the Australian Government’s investment in VET qualifications and promote a nationwide approach to skills forecasting
  • The work of the Skills Organisation Pilots, who give industry more ownership across the national skills pipeline and help improve the national training system for both industry and students.

Workshop findings and materials from other stakeholder consultations are summarised in our ‘This is what we heard’ report.

Engagement with industry

We support industries and employers through the provision of authoritative and accurate careers information, assisting them to proactively attract and support their workforce for the jobs of today and the future.

We consider the latest data sources, trends and needs in shaping our engagement with industry. We proactively engage with industry and Skills Organisations to identify, develop, and promote careers pathways and workforce planning with a focus on upskilling and reskilling within industries.

Your views are welcome. If you would like to know more or discuss engagement opportunities, you can contact us at Industrynci@dese.gov.au.