About

WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes skills drive the future of young people, and of Australia.

We are part of an international WorldSkills movement.

We have been enabling young people to showcase their trade and skills talents since 1981.

Our skills-based competitions operate at regional, national and international levels, and are aligned to National Training Packages, Apprenticeships Australia and Jobs Australia schemes. Our National Championship is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition.

We promote and build a skills culture, celebrate excellence and showcase vocational education and training. We achieve this by engaging in research, promoting skills, building careers, focusing on education and skills training in Australia, fostering international cooperation and development, and running skills competitions and leadership programs.

Mission

Our mission is to actively engage in the development of policy and the practice of skills excellence in Australia through competitions, international benchmarking and applied research.

Vision

Our vision is to contribute to sustainable economic prosperity though the development, recognition and promotion of excellence in skills.

Purpose

Our purpose is to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill and choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make.

WorldSkills Australia championships operate on a two-year cycle. Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 35 Australian regions.

North QLD

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South West Victoria

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Sunraysia

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Melbourne East

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Gippsland

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East Coast QLD

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New England

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Riverina Murray

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Northern Region SA

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Ballarat-Wimmera

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Northern Territory

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Canberra

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Sydney West

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North Queensland

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Central QLD

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South West QLD

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Brisbane

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Melbourne

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Northern Rivers

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Mid Coast

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Macquarie

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Illawarra

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Gold Coast

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North West WA

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South West WA

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Perth North

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Adelaide

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Perth South

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Victoria Country

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Tasmania

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Sydney

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South East SA

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Hunter

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Geelong

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Central Victoria

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Successful competitors have the opportunity to progress to a number of career-boosting pathways. In addition to potentially competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their chosen skill nationally, and even internationally as members of the Skillaroos – the WorldSkills Australia International Team – there are leadership programs and scholarships to enable young people to become the very best versions of themselves.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in School students, students, apprentices, and trainees can all enter the Regional Championships.

We work with employers and training providers to tailor competitions to meet local skills demands. This helps to ensure that Australia has apprentices for the jobs it has to offer, and that our young people are career ready.


34 competition regions in Australia
2018 year of next bi-annual competition round
75+ WorldSkills International members
45+ trades and skills in Championships
1981 year WorldSkills Australia was founded
~100,000 nation’s youth who have participated in WSA events
30,000+ school aged children and their families attend a WorldSkills National Championship
60 industries represented at a WorldSkills Australia Championship
1,000 education institutes, industry and employer groups and volunteers participate in a WorldSkills National Championship