Australia will soon have its first national energy workforce survey, The Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER).
The Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER) will improve government and industry understanding of jobs in the energy sector, and support the people in those jobs and their skills.
The first survey will go live in Q4 2022, as an online consultation survey open to businesses in, or supporting, the energy sector. This will provide valuable qualitative insights to:
- give federal, state and local governments insights to assist in the development of policies regarding jobs, skills development and training opportunities in the energy sector
- support new government initiatives such as ensuring a transition pathway for fossil fuel industry workers
- provide a snapshot of workforce diversity to support equality initiatives in the energy sector, such as Equal by 30
- allow businesses in the energy sector to improve industry-led workforce planning, support business opportunities and direct industry investment.
The department will use learnings from this release to develop a business case to build on the capability of the AEER and broaden its data collection to provide a baseline quantitative sample of the entire sector.
Repeating the survey annually will build a longitudinal evidence base about jobs and skills change in the energy sector.
This initiative addresses the need for good quality data and systematic workforce projections for the Australian energy sector, as identified in the RACE for 2030 CRC and Developing the future energy workforce: Opportunity Assessment.
For more information, contact AEER@industry.gov.au.