The National Championships is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition. Over three days at Skills Show Australia, selected Regional competitors bring their best to the national stage and compete against their industry peers from around the country.

The National Championships operate on a two-yearly cycle, taking place in the years in-between the Regionals and Internationals. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championships years. Find out more about Skills Show Australia 2018 hereContinue below for further details about the National Championships.


WorldSkills Australia has had a huge impact on me. I have become more organised, focussed and responsible in my day to day, personal life. My professional stamina has lifted, as my daily schedules are becoming busier and fuller. I am grateful for the way WorldSkills Australia is changing me – for the best.

A WorldSkills Australia National Championship is about more than finding champions

It’s about getting Australia’s young people excited about skills and trades, and growing Australia’s skills culture. It’s also about building the strength of industry and community, by providing a forum for engagement and cooperation.

National Championship Fast Facts

  • 500+ number of competitors
  • 60 trades and skills represented
  • 300 judges
  • 120 dedicated volunteers
  • 16-20 hours spent competing
  • 3 days spent competing
  • 159 medals awarded
  • $10 million materials and equipment used
  • 21,000 visitors to the event
  • $20 million economic benefit created for host State

All figures from 2016 National Championship, Melbourne.

Australia’s largest skills excellence event creates an exciting, interactive and engaging environment for tens of thousands of apprentices, trainees, school aged children and young people, their families, industry associations and employer groups.

Participants can observe and experience an unmatched variety of skilled trade and technology careers, all under the one roof, by watching the competitions, participating in Try’aSkill demonstrations and networking with hundreds of industry and educational experts.

The host city of a National Championship typically yields a multi-million-dollar economic benefit by attracting tens of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors and a commitment to purchase products, goods and services locally.

Comprehensive marketing and communications campaigns that support the national championships provide partners and key stakeholders with unparalleled access to the next generation of apprentices, trainees and their families. Learn more about partnerships.

We also facilitate a number of scholarships, fellowships and personal/professional development opportunities that prepare WorldSkills competitors to become our nation’s future leaders of business and industry.

Ready to take the WorldSkills plunge?

Contact your nearest regional coordinator for more information.

About the 2016 National Championships

The 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Championships was held from 6-8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the event was the culmination of months of training for over 500 competitors who earned their spot in Melbourne after medaling at the regional level in 2015.

The competitors came from across Australia, were aged between 16-24 years and represented 60 trades and skills. Overseen by 300 judges and assisted by 120 dedicated volunteers, they spent 16-20 hours across three days completing projects aligned with National Training Packages.

Their hard work paid off when 159 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded. This year’s results included some milestone moments, including the first ever gold medal wins by females in Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Turning and Vehicle Painting.

In addition to the spectacle of competition, the event included a dedicated careers expo and a range of Try’aSkill activities. $10 million worth of materials and equipment were used, 70 per cent of which were provided in-kind by partners, industry organisations, TAFEs and training providers.

The National Championships yielded $20 million worth of economic benefit for the state of Victoria, with 21,000 local, interstate and international visitors in attendance – including a delegation from India.