ACT Skills Needs List

The ACT Skills Needs List identifies the skills needs within the ACT. The ACT Skills Needs List enables the ACT Government to better target training to develop a productive and highly skilled workforce which contributes to the ACT’s economic future.

The ACT Skills Needs List identifies ACT funding priorities at a qualification level for vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT. The list is used to assist in identifying which VET qualifications may receive government subsidy through specified training initiatives, and the level of subsidy provided for a training place in those qualifications.

Interim ACT Skills Needs List 2017

The interim ACT Skills Needs List 2017 is the updated ACT Skills Needs List 2017 which includes 16 new qualifications included in the Skilled Capital August 2017 Midyear Release. A review of the ACT Skills Needs List will be undertaken later in 2017, and a draft ACT Skills Needs List 2018 will be released for consultation as part of the review.

The highest priority funding band for User Choice consists entirely of ACT Skills Needs List qualifications. However, there are many qualifications and occupations not represented on the Skills Needs List with skills requirements in the ACT that the Government will continue to fund through the User Choice program.

A qualification must be on the ACT Skills Needs List to be funded through the Skilled Capital initiative (with the exception of Certificate II pathways qualifications or other identified ACT Government priorities).

ACT Skills Needs List 2017 (Interim) MS Excel File (17kb)
ACT Skills Needs List 2017 (Interim) PDF File (256kb)

Interim ACT Skills Needs List 2016

The interim ACT Skills Needs List 2016 is a minor update to the 2015 ACT Skills Needs List and includes qualifications included in the Skilled Capital August 2016 Midyear Release.

ACT Skills Needs List 2016 (Interim) MS Excel File (67kb)
ACT Skills Needs List 2016 (Interim) PDF File (354kb)

Final ACT Skills Needs List 2015

The ACT Skills Needs List identifies the priority vocational education and training skills needs within the ACT. The list is used to assist in identifying which VET qualifications may receive government subsidy through specified training initiatives, and the level of subsidy provided for a training place in those qualifications.

ACT Skills Needs List 2015 MS Excel File (358kb)
ACT Skills Needs List 2015 PDF (279kb)

The revised ACT Skills Needs List was determined using evidence informed through the Forecasting of Industry Needs and Entitlement tool and consultation from stakeholders. Skills Canberra released two Draft Skills Needs Lists on 7 August 2015 for consultation. Draft List A contained qualifications Skills Canberra had determined had a high likelihood of inclusion on the final list, while Draft List B was made up of qualifications the inclusion of which was less certain. Public feedback regarding the importance of qualifications on these two lists was critical in determining which qualifications were included on the revised ACT Skills Needs List.

The ACT Skills Needs List is important for both the Skilled Capital and Australian Apprenticeships (User Choice) programs. Only qualifications determined to be in high priority needs areas are funded under Skilled Capital. With the exception of Certificate II pathways qualifications, a qualification must be on the ACT Skills Needs List to be funded through Skilled Capital. The highest priority funding band for User Choice consists entirely of ACT Skills Needs List qualifications. There are many qualifications and occupations not represented on the Skills Needs List with skills requirements in the ACT that the Government will continue to fund through the User Choice program.

ACT Skills Needs List - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated: 7 August 2015

ACT Skills Needs List - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) MS Word File (755kb)

ACT Skills Needs List - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) PDF (475kb)

Forecasting of Industry Needs and Entitlement (FINE) Model

The ACT Skills Needs List is informed by a modelling and analytics tools referred to as the Forecasting of Industry Needs and Entitlement (FINE) model. The model informs the evidence base of the ACT Skills Needs List by combining various quantitative and qualitative components. The FINE model provides an adaptive and dynamic approach to identify ACT skills needs.

A number of industry forums were conducted which provided an opportunity for industry, employers, training providers and members of the wider community to comment and provide feedback on the development of the FINE modelling tool which is used to identify the skills needs of the ACT. A paper summarising the feedback received through these consultations is available below.

Outcome of Consultation on Fine Model MS Word File (40kb)

Outcome of Consultation on Fine Model PDF (850kb)

For general enquiries, or to seek further information, please email skills@act.gov.au or contact (02) 6205 8555.