The Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List is under review. Find out where the review is up to, and what this means for Australian Apprenticeship incentives.

The review

The Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List is under review to:

  • Ensure the National Skills Needs List is fit for purpose and responsive to changing labour market conditions
  • Develop an integrated approach to identifying occupations in skills shortage to effectively target employer apprenticeship incentives and apprentice payments
  • Contribute to a coherent policy approach to identifying and addressing skills shortages across government.

Current stage

Consultations have been paused in response to COVID-19. Further detail about the consultation process is available.

The review has already consulted with stakeholder groups:

The Department is available to meet with industry and employer groups as required. Details for a revised consultation timeline will be provided on this page.

Impacts on Australian Apprenticeship incentives

The National Skills Needs List (NSNL) identifies trades that are determined as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research.

The NSNL is used to determine eligibility for several Australian Apprenticeship incentives.


For more information, you can: