What are WorldSkills Australia Competitions?

Inspiring apprentices to be ambitious in their careers, WorldSkills Australia Competitions equip young people with the right skills to help Australian businesses compete better globally.

Designed by industry and skills experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use the activity to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programmes.

Run biennially, and managed by WorldSkills Australia’s dedicated volunteers, the competitions cover over 50 skill areas from construction and engineering through to creative and hospitality.

WorldSkills Australia being part of the global organisation sends a highly trained team, the Skillaroos, to compete against 76 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country. Australia delivered excellent results at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, coming in at 12th in the international rankings, ahead of New Zealand and Singapore.

Our programme of activity and Australia’s participation in the international competition is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education & Training, state governments and partners in industry and associations. Learn more about our partners.

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Fast facts

  • Aimed at apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23* to test their skills and knowledge
  • Regional Competitions are held every two years (2017 and 2019 are Regional Competition years)
  • 4000+ apprentices, trainees, and students will battle it out for gold, silver and bronze medals!
  • 500+ competitions will be held within 31 regions across the country
  • Regional Competitions are organised by WorldSkills Australia’s dedicated volunteers

Why get involved?

There are plenty of reasons why you should get involved in Regionals:

  • A platform to strive and be recognised for excellence
  • Boost your skills and performance at your workplace
  • Demonstrate your potential to current and future employers
  • Benchmark your skills against others in your field
  • Fast track your career and develop skills through participation in competition, including time management and organisation skills – working with tight competition timelines, managing your time allowing for work, training and competition
  • Build your networking and communication skills – taking direction from industry peers, engaging with industry and peers, working alongside rivals
  • Commitment and responsibility – understanding and meeting competition criteria and requirements.

How do they work, Competition Cycle and Resources

Like the Olympics, competition activity begins at grass roots level and competitors are able to progress to competing on the international stage in front of over 200,000 people.
Content can be tailored to meet local skills demands, enabling employers and training providers to introduce the benefits of using a competitive environment to test and build on a young person’s knowledge and skills.

VET in School students, students, apprentices, and trainees can enter the Regionals, the entry route into the Nationals, Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition. Taking place around the country in 31 regions, these competitions see entrants compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their chosen skill.

Exceptional competitors from the Nationals may have the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills international competition. Selected competitors form a Skills Squad who are supported in their training by their employer and a dedicated Australian Expert to help prepare them to be selected as Skillaroo to compete against the best in the world.

Past competitors are invited to become a WorldSkills Australia Alumni, and join a network of professionals who act as inspirational role models delivering careers advice to young people.

2017 Regional Competition:
The Regional Competition is open to all apprentices and trainees and students enrolled in accredited courses with an RTO, however, to be eligible to proceed to the National competition, competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1994.

2018 National Competition:
To be eligible for the 2018 National Competition, competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1994.

2019 International Competition:
The age ruling for participation at the WorldSkills Russia 2019 is that competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with the exception of competitors in the skills of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Team Challenge, who must be born on or after 1 January 1994.

Overview of How to run a Regional Competition

How to Run a Regional Step-by-Step Guide

View our Code Of Conduct

To find out more about competitions in your region contact your local regional coordinator.

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Competition skill descriptions

You can compete in the following skill clusters:

Specific details of skill descriptions will be updated shortly.

For more information, please contact regionals@worldskills.org.au.

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Register your interest to compete

Are you wanting to compete in a Regional Competition? Are you ready to take on the best in your skill? Then tell us all we need to know about you!

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Reasons to register your employee

Getting your employees involved in Regionals highlights your organisation’s commitment to raising standards in work-based learning. Through the commitment and show of support you extend to your employee to compete in a WorldSkills Australia competition, you are contributing to:

  • Promoting the achievements of your employees will raise the organisation’s profile in your industry, community and beyond.
  • Cultivating and improving the level of skill and trade excellence across Australia
  • Raising the status of vocational education and training
  • Promotion of skill development and the value of choosing a skill based career

Reasons to register your student

Promoting the achievements of your students and employees will raise the organisation’s profile in your industry and state. Through the commitment and show of support you extend to your student to compete in a WorldSkills Australia competition, you are contributing to:

  • Benchmarking students against the best in Australia
  • Promote your RTO/TAFE as a centre of excellence in skills training and delivery
  • Align with Governments strategic goals to train, attract and retain a diverse workforce
  • Endorse curriculum and celebrate excellence marketing your medallists
  • Raising the status of vocational education and training
  • Value add to curriculum, offering students extracurricular experiences and pathways
  • Professional development for staff and lecturers, endorsing and supporting their participation in WorldSkills Australia competition as project designers, mentors, judges and workshop managers.

For more information, please contact regionals@worldskills.org.au.

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Locate a competition near you


Region – Canberra

2 August, Painting & Decorating
2 August, Plastering
2 August, Wall & Floor Tiling

Canberra Regional Coordinator – Martin Stallard, canberra@worldskills.org.au


Region – Sydney

27 August, Beauty Therapy

Sydney Regional Coordinator – Deborah Whitebread, sydney@worldskill.org.au 

Region – Northern Rivers

17 May, Painting and Decorating

Northern Rivers Regional Coordinator – Jenny Frost, northernrivers@worldskills.org.au

Region – New England 

19-23 June, Auto Electrical
19-23 June, Sheet Metal Work
19-23 June, Turning
19-23 June, Bricklaying
19-23 June, Vehicle Painting
19-23 June, Welding
23 June, Cookery
28 August, Hairdressing
4 September, Beauty Therapy

New England Regional Coordinator – Cameron Falzon, cameron.falzon1@tafensw.edu.au

Region – Hunter

20 June, Retail Baking – Bread
20 June, Retail Baking – Pastry

Hunter Regional Coordinator – Ian Vickery, hunter@worldskills.org.au

Region – Mid Coast 

28 July, Beauty Therapy
28 July, VETiS Hairdressing
22 August, Cabinetmaking
23 August, Joinery
28 August, Automotive Mechanics
28 August, Construction Steel Work
28 August, Fitting
28 August, Welding

Mid Coast Regional Coordinator – Jenny Frost, midcoast@worldskills.org.au 

Region – Sydney

27 August, Beauty Therapy

Sydney Regional Coordinator – Deborah Whitebread, sydney@worldskill.org.au 


Region – Northern Territory

30 June, Cabinetmaking
27 August, Plumbing
3 October, Beauty Therapy
7 October, Electrical Installation
7 October, Refrigeration

Northern Territory Regional Coordinator – Chantelle Salandanan, northernterritory@worldskills.org.au


Region – Brisbane

5 October, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics

Brisbane Regional Coordinator – Danielle Costello, brisbane@worldskills.org.au

Region – Central Queensland 

15 – 17 August, Cabinetmaking
15 – 17 August, Carpentry
15 – 17 August, IT Network Systems Admin
15 – 17 August, Plumbing
16 August, Bricklaying
28-30 August & 7 September
1 October, Hairdressing
4-6 October, Electrical Control
4-6 October, Electrical Installation
4-6 October, Fitting
4-6 October, Turning
4-6 October, Welding
4-6 October, VETiS Metals & Engineering

Central Queensland Regional Coordinator – Suzie Lane, centralqld@worldskills.org.au

Region – East Coast Queensland 

16 June, Automotive Mechanics
16 June, Business Services
16 June, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
21 June, VETiS Automotive Services

East Coast Queensland Regional Coordinator – Ian Walsh, info@worldskills.org.au

Region – South West Queensland 

20 August, Hairdressing
20 August, VETiS Hairdressing
1 October, VETiS Business Services
1 October, VETiS Commercial Cookery
1 October, VETiS Electrotechnology
1 October, VETiS Food & Beverage
1 October, VETiS Metals & Engineering
1 October, VETiS Plumbing
1 October, VETiS Primary Industries

South West Queensland Regional Coordinator – Kylie Lee, southwestqld@worldskills.org.au


Region – Adelaide 

1 September, Bricklaying
1 September, Carpentry
1 September, Electrical Control
1 September, Electrical Installation
1 September, Joinery
1 September, Painting & Decorating
1 September, Plumbing
1 September, Refrigeration
1 September, Signage
1 September, Wall & Floor Tiling

Adelaide Regional Coordinator – Roger Harrington, adelaide@worldskills.org.au

Region – South East SA

21 August, Welding

South East SA Regional Coordinator – Terry Fabish, southeastsa@worldskills.org.au


Region – Ballarat/Wimmera 

19-21 June, Construction Steel Work
29 June, Fitting
3 July, Hairdressing
10 July, Beauty Therapy
17 July, Retail Baking – Bread
18 July, Cookery

Ballarat/Wimmera Regional Coordinator – Tom Ryan, BallaratWimmera@worldskills.org.au

Region – Central Victoria 

1-16 July, Cookery
1-16 July, IT Network Systems Admin
18 July, Retail Bakery – Bread
19 July, Retail Baking – Pastry
20 July, Retail Butchery
1 September, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
1 September, Vehicle Painting
1 September, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
22 September, Carpentry
22 September, Electrical Installation
22 September, Landscape Construction
22 September, Painting & Decorating
22 September, Plumbing
22 September, Turning

Central Victoria Regional Coordinator – Pam Ellis, centralvic@worldskills.org.au

Region – Melbourne East 

30 August, Cabinetmaking
30 August, Joinery

Melbourne East Regional Coordinator – Mick Prato, melbourne@worldskills.org.au

WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. To find out more about competitions in your region contact your local regional coordinator.

Contact a Regional Coordinator, if you are:

  • Interested in competing in a Regional Competition
  • An employer/teacher and would like to enter your apprentice/trainee/employee/student in a Regional Competition
  • An employer/teacher/trainer interested in running a Regional Competition

To find out more about competitions in your region contact your local regional coordinator.

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Become a Volunteer / Regional Committee member

A WorldSkills Australia Regional Committee is most effective if it comprises: volunteers, RTO/TAFE and schools personnel, industry representatives, employers (local small business people), sponsor representatives, government officers, Rotary and past competitors.

Regional committees consist of:

  • a chairperson, secretary, and treasurer;
  • subcommittees (that manage at a regional level) – Open Category competitions, VETiS competitions and Try’aSkill/Try’aTrade activities

To find out more, click here.

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Support Regionals

Is your organisation interested in supporting the development of Australian training and skills? Did you know that WorldSkills Australia events provide your business with a unique platform to reach new and interest markets?

Here are a few reasons why your business should support Regionals:

  • To build brand loyalty with industry and consumers
  • To support and foster the next generation of Australia’s skilled workforce
  • To invest in the development of skills and trades
  • To increase brand awareness, marketing, and PR opportunities
  • Networking opportunities with industry, consumers key stakeholders and general public
  • Opportunity to build relations with clients, employees, and stakeholders
  • Showcase your business at the National Competition
  • To align with an event that reflects organisational philosophies and promotes corporate vision and strategies
  • To enhance the organisations’ corporate social responsibility.

If you’re someone who believes that investing in young people makes a difference to Australia’s future or your organisation is looking for a way to make a difference in a positive, measurable and very real way, we’d love to hear from you. #makeithappen

To find out more visit www.worldskills.org.au/partnerships.

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