This year, an Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (Skills Forecast) has been drafted for each industry Skills Impact supports.

The Annual Updates propose several projects to improve industry qualifications and skills standards between 2020-2021. They include information about employers’ use of training packages and qualifications, barriers to hiring apprentices and trainees, and reasons behind non-completion rates. They also look at alternative training being delivered, some of which draws on the training package, but is not delivered by registered training organisations.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft Annual Updates and proposed projects, throughout March, April and early May 2020. Your feedback has been considered to finalise the Annual Updates for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

The AISC has considered the Annual Updates and approved a range of new projects to develop and improve national qualifications and skills standards across the industries we support.

Click here to view projects that have been approved out of the current 2018 – 2021 Skills Forecast and the 2020 Annual Updates.

To view the Annual Update for each industry, follow the links below.

What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts describe industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and identify skills gaps and emerging skills needs. They propose a four year plan for reviewing and developing relevant units, skill sets and qualifications across a training package. They are created once every three years, but are updated annually. The Annual Updates identify any specific changes to the industry environment, and to address current priority issues.

Every year in April, the full Skills Forecast or Annual Update is submitted by the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages.

The AISC requires sufficient information to approve Training Package Projects, with this information either being within the Skills Forecasts or in more detail via a stand-alone Case for Change. View current projects, which have been approved out of previous Skills Forecasts or a Case for Change.

Current Skills Forecasts 2019 – 2022

Development Process of IRC Skills Forecasts


Previous Skills Forecasts