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Addressing Workforce Challenges: Introducing Jobs and Skills Councils

In a significant move to tackle skills shortages and address workforce challenges, the Albanese Labor Government has recently introduced three additional Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs) in key sectors. The manufacturing, transport and logistics, and mining and automotive industries will benefit from this network of industry-led organisations. The JSCs aim to foster collaboration between employers, unions, governments, and the education and training sectors, ultimately contributing to the overall growth of the Australian economy.

Tripartite Leadership

The government’s unwavering commitment to tripartite leadership shines through its efforts to find effective solutions for the current workforce challenges and skill requirements across various industry sectors throughout Australia. By bringing together employers, unions, and government representatives, JSCs create a platform for constructive collaboration and innovation.

Workforce Planning and Alignment

JSCs will work in close partnership with Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) to ensure seamless alignment of workforce planning within their respective sectors. This strategic cooperation enables the identification of job roles, skill requirements, and appropriate educational and training pathways. By combining industry-specific intelligence from the JSCs with JSA’s forecasting and modelling capabilities, comprehensive workforce planning can be achieved.

  • Manufacturing JSC

The Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance, one of the operational JSCs, will play a pivotal role in enabling modern manufacturing and associated industries to attract skilled workers. With a focus on advanced manufacturing and innovation, this JSC aims to ensure the continued growth and success of Australia’s manufacturing sector.

  • Transport and Logistics JSC

Industry Skills Australia, another active JSC, brings together key stakeholders from the transport and logistics industries. This collaborative effort supports workforce planning and addresses the skill requirements of Australia’s crucial supply chain sectors. The seamless functioning of these sectors is vital for supporting the nation’s economy.

  • Mining and Automotive JSC

Recognising the significance of the mining and automotive sectors in Australia’s economic and environmental future, the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance is actively working alongside employers and unions. This JSC is dedicated to addressing workforce challenges and bridging skill gaps. By doing so, it ensures that these industries continue to contribute significantly to Australia’s prosperity while supporting the nation’s transition towards achieving net-zero emissions.

Ongoing Development

The Agribusiness JSC has already become operational, and a substantial investment of $442 million over the next four years has been allocated for the establishment of ten JSCs. The remaining JSCs are currently in the process of establishment, with further announcements expected in the upcoming weeks.

The introduction of Jobs and Skills Councils marks a significant step in proactively addressing workforce challenges across various industry sectors in Australia. By acting as a reliable source of intelligence and offering invaluable leadership and advice, the JSCs contribute to the development of a skilled workforce and provide opportunities for individuals to secure decent and fulfilling jobs. The government’s commitment to fostering collaboration and aligning workforce planning ensures a prosperous future for both workers and the Australian economy.

For more information on JSCs, please visit https://www.dewr.gov.au/.