What is a Skills Forecast?

Skills Forecasts are produced annually by the eleven Industry Reference Committees (IRC) that AIS supports. The main focus of each Skills Forecast is to provide an overview of the industry outlook and trends, new and emerging skills needs as well as identifying the priority skill needs of industry. The proposed future Training Package activity for each sector is also detailed. The Skills Forecasts are a culmination of an extensive consultation and review process, led by each IRC.


The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has changed the annual requirements for Industry Skills Forecasts to a three-year schedule with a brief annual update in the intervening years.



Each IRC sets the direction for research and analysis activities while continuing to review and consider industry feedback throughout the IRC Skills Forecast development process. This includes:

  • a Call for Submissions inviting stakeholder responses about key issues affecting skills and workforce development
  • an IRC Skills Forecast Survey seeking information on priority skill needs, skill shortages and issues relating to workforce training
  • a comprehensive review of Data and Research Sources nominated by industry stakeholders.


Feedback from industry stakeholders informs the final development of the Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).


For more information or if you have any questions please contact us at enquiries@aistnds.org.au or by calling (03) 9604 7200.


The Industry Skills Forecasts are critical documents that outline real-time industry intelligence about skills shortages and the challenges impacting the workforce. These support training investment and business decision-making.
- Paul Walsh, AIS CEO