The 29 profiles are intended to assist regional offices of the department, school principals and other education and training entities in planning where to invest resources to meet local labour market needs.

The main focus are Census information from the 2011 and 2016 Census relating to education and the labour market and on occupations and courses within each region where the greatest numbers of people were reported in the 2016 Census. The data covers the top 30 occupations and associated training pathways for employed persons; and top 30 apprenticeship, traineeship and vocational education and training (VET) course areas.

It is acknowledged that different occupations are associated with different levels of education and mobility. The data presented here are likely to be of more relevance to those individuals who are intending to stay in the geographic area that surrounds their high school and will be seeking training pathways through the VET system.

The 29 regions are based on the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) and represent a compromise between regional geographic detail and meaningful data aggregation.

Last updated 7 March 2019

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