Skill Shortages & the National Skills Needs List


If your business operates in one of the trades listed on the National Skills Needs List you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to take on an apprentice or trainee or up-skill current staff.

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 additional employer incentives and personal benefits:

This list is used to determine if you or your employee may be eligible for the following incentives and personal benefits:

  1. Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments
  2. Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive
  3. Trade Support Loan

Trades on the National Skills Needs List:

  • Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Arborist
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Baker
  • Binder and Finisher
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Bricklayer
  • Butcher or Smallgood Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Cook
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Drainer
  • Electrical Linesworker
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electrician (Special class)
  • Electronic Equipment Tradesperson
  • Fibrous Plasterer
  • Fitter (General)
  • Fitter Welder
  • Fitter and Turner
  • 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 Tradesworker
  • Panelbeater
  • Pastrycook
  • Picture Framer
  • Plumber (General)
  • Pressure Welder
  • Printing Machinist
  • Roof Plumber
  • Roof Tiler
  • Screen Printer
  • Shearer
  • Sheetmetal Tradesworker
  • Signwriter
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Solid Plasterer
  • Stonemason
  • Telecommunications Linesworker
  • Telecommuncations Technician
  • Toolmaker
  • Upholsteror
  • Vehicle Body Builder
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Vehicle Trimmer
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Welder (First class)
  • Wood Machinist

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