The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis.

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible to attract the following employer incentives and personal benefits:

  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive

As the National Skills Needs List is reviewed regularly, please check this page for the most up-to-date list.

The trades included on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) are:

  • Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Arborist
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Baker
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Bricklayer
  • Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Cook
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Drainer
  • Electrical Linesworker
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electrician (special class)
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Fibrous Plasterer
  • Fitter (General)
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Floor Finisher
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Gasfitter
  • Glazier
  • Hairdresser
  • Joiner
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Locksmith
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Metal Machinist (First class)
  • Motor Mechanics (General)
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Panelbeater
  • Pastrycook
  • Picture Framer
  • Plumber (General)
  • Pressure Welder
  • Print Finisher
  • Printing Machinist
  • Roof Plumber
  • Roof Tiler
  • Screen Printer
  • Shearer
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Signwriter
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Solid Plasterer
  • Stonemason
  • Telecommunications Linesworker
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Toolmaker
  • Upholsterer
  • Vehicle Body Builder
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Vehicle Trimmer
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Welder (First class)
  • Wood Machinist

Please note that this list is current as at July 2014 and may be subject to change.

Download About the National Skills Need List.

Where can I find more information?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.