Employment trends

In recent years Western Australia’s richness in natural resources and proximity to Asian markets has provided economic growth and benefits to both industry and community; however the ever-changing demographic, economic and social climate means that we must continue to adapt and grow into the future.

WA's employment growth by industry is expected to be broadly based over the next few years. The top three employing industries currently are Health Care and Social Assistance, Construction and Retail Trade. Other areas of employment growth are expected to be in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Education and Training.

People at work.
People at work.
People at work.
People at work.
People at work.

Western Australia's job prospects

Information about Western Australia’s skills supply and demand are gathered from a wide range of sources including peak industry bodies, businesses, government organisations and many other stakeholders. In addition, nine industry training councils (ITCs) provide high level, strategic information and advice about current and emerging skills supply and demand.

Together, this information and advice informs the State Training Plan which identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of WA’s industries.

The State Training Plan and a full list of WA ITCs is available on the WA State Training Board website.

Also take a look at the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

You can find information about the WA labour market on the Department of Training and Workforce Development website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/workforce-development.

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

The Our Priorities : Sharing Prosperity strategy is the WA State Government’s plan for delivering better outcomes for all Western Australians. Creating jobs is a key focus of Our Priorities and the State Government has committed to creating 150,000 additional jobs in Western Australia by 2023—24. A strong and diverse economy is key to creating secure and quality jobs.

Training will support this by diversifying into new areas including robotics testing, cybersecurity and automation. The State Government is also contributing through the development of industry specific strategies in key areas including Defence, Aviation, Hospitality and Tourism, Allied Health and Social Assistance, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy.

Information about how the Department of Training and Workforce Development is supporting the Our Priorities strategy is available at dtwd.wa.gov.au/ourpriorities.

National job prospects

The following websites provide national job supply and demand information and are managed by the Australian Government.
 

  • Job Outlook — Includes information on occupations, growing jobs and skills in demand.
  • Australian Jobs website — The online version of the annual Australian Jobs Report and provides access to jobs information by location, industry and occupations and future jobs and skills needs.
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics — Provides information and statistics for labour, employment, health, the economy and industry.

Remember, your local Jobs and Skills Centre can provide advice about employment trends and job opportunities.