Like the Olympics, WorldSkills Australia competition activity begins at grass roots level, in competitions held in one of 34 regions around Australia. Competitors are able to progress to competing at national and international levels, in front of over 200,000 people. That’s gold!

More than 50 trades and skills from seven skill clusters are represented at a WorldSkills competition. Learn more about competition skills.

Competitions are designed by industry and skills experts who assess an individual’s knowledge, practical competence and employability skills against a set of strict criteria.

“WorldSkills has inspired me to dream bigger and make bolder personal goals. It’s also opened a lot of doors and created exciting professional opportunities as well as making me organised.”
Mary George, 2017 Skillaroo – Patisserie & Confectionery

Taking part is about more than winning a medal

We create opportunities for young men and women to become the very best versions of themselves possible.

When young Australians compete at WorldSkills – whether it’s at a regional, national or international competitions – they’re fostering their communication, teamwork, organisation and leadership skills. They’re empowering themselves with the most elite skillset they possibly can, and preparing for future success, whatever careers path they eventually travel.

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 interested in skills and trades based apprenticeships and careers in Australia.

From Australia to the world

WorldSkills competitions operates on a two-yearly cycle

2017 and 2019 are the next Regional and International competition years.

2018 and 2020 are the next National Championships years.


All students, apprentices, and trainees enrolled in accredited courses with an RTO or TAFE can enter the Regionals. To be eligible to proceed to the 2018 National Championships, competitors must be aged under 24 or be born on or after 1 January 1994.

The 2019 WorldSkills International Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019. Competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with the exception of competitors in Mechatronics and the Manufacturing Team Challenge, who must be born on or after 1 January 1994.