Skills Shortage List in Western Australia 2017

This list shows occupations which were assessed in 2017 by the Department of Jobs and Small Business specifically for Western Australia, for which shortages or some recruitment difficulty is evident. Additional occupations were assessed for Australia as a whole (state-level information is not available). A listing of ratings from this research is available on page three.

These lists are summary in nature and should be viewed in the context of the more detailed analysis available in the occupational reports which are published on the Department’s website.

Ratings of shortage reflect employers’ recruitment experience for workers with around three years or more experience in the relevant occupation. Shortages may exist in occupations which have relatively high rates of unemployment. A rating of shortage does not mean that an individual will necessarily gain employment in that occupation.

The lack of a rating for an occupation does not necessarily imply ‘no shortage’ as the occupation may not have been assessed. Reports for occupations assessed for Western Australia are published at state and territory skill shortage information. For the complete set of occupational reports, see skill shortage information by occupation.

Labour markets can change quickly and vary by location. The assessments made here reflect the labour market at the date shown.
This list has no status for migration.

Details about the methodology used in this research are available at jobs.gov.au/skill-shortages.

PROFESSIONALS

Occupation Group ANZSCO Occupation WA Rating Quarter Assessed Comment
Education Professionals 2415 Special Education Teachers R April
Health Professionals 2512-11 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer R June
Health Professionals 2512-14 Sonographer S June
Health Professionals 2525-11 Physiotherapist R June
Health Professionals 2541-11 Midwife R June

 

TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS

Occupation Group ANZSCO Occupation WA Rating Quarter Assessed Comment
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3212-11 Motor Mechanics (General) R December
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3212-12 Diesel Mechanic M December Metropolitan shortages are evident for diesel mechanics despite attracting sufficient qualified and suitable applicants.
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers R-D December Regional recruitment difficulties are noted for Metal Fabricators (3223-11) owing to a lack of suitable applicants or due to location or transport issues associated with the location of surveyed vacancies.
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3241-11 Panelbeater S December
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3243-11 Vehicle Painter S December
Food Trades Workers 3513-11 Chef R December
Carers and Aides 4211-11 Child Care Worker R September Shortages are evident for both certificate and diploma qualified child care workers across regional Western Australia.

 

Occupations assessed at the national level

The following occupations were assessed in 2017 at the national level only. Separate ratings are not available for Western Australia.

 

PROFESSIONALS

Occupation Group ANZSCO Occupation National Rating Quarter Assessed Comment
Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals 2347-11 Veterinarian S April
Health Professionals 2527-11 Audiologist S June
Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals 2713-11 Solicitor D April The recruitment difficulty is for solicitors with five or more years of experience.

 

TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS

Occupation Group ANZSCO Occupation National Rating Quarter Assessed Comment
Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians 3121-14 Construction Estimator S April A shortage of experienced construction estimators is evident across most sectors of the industry. Employers in New South Wales and Victoria, and those seeking estimators with at least five years of experience, have the least success in filling vacancies.
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3211-11 Automotive Electrician S December
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3231 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)/(Mechanical) S December
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 3233-13 Locksmith S December
Construction Trades Workers 3311-12 Stonemason S September
Construction Trades Workers 3331-11 Glazier S September
Construction Trades Workers 3333-11 Roof Tiler S September
Construction Trades Workers 3334-11 Wall and Floor Tiler S September
Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers 3424 Telecommunications Trades Workers S December
Food Trades Workers 3511-12 Pastrycook S December
Food Trades Workers 3512 Butchers and Smallgoods Maker S December  
Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers 3622-12 Arborist S September
Hairdressers 3911-11 Hairdresser S September Shortages are evident for trade qualified and experienced hairdressers. Employers generally consider those who hold fast-tracked hairdressing qualifications to be unsuitable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business

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