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Skills Audit 2018


The Port Macquarie-Hastings Skills Audit assesses the current and future skills needs in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area.  The Skills Audit is the first of its kind to focus specifically on this Local Government Area and the results from the audit will provide baseline data from which future Skills Audits can be measured and modelled against.

The Skills Audit captures historical and current data relevant to the social and economic factors influencing the skills mix and workforce behavior.  It identifies general and specific skills gaps, trends, insights and opportunities, which have the potential to inform strategies to meet current and future workforce needs.

Tracking the progress and skills base of the workforce over time will help to inform strategic decision making across industry, education and government sectors, as well as providing information to employers and those seeking to align their skills with growth sectors in the region.

Our ability to service our fast growing economy with a skilled and adaptable workforce will further secure Port Macquarie-Hastings as a pre-eminent Regional City. 

The project was enabled by a co-funded grant arrangement between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Project/Community Investment scheme. Council would also like to acknowledge and thank industry and business representatives who contributed to the project.

The  Skills Audit 2018 Summary Report3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB) provides high-level project outcomes based on information, data and empirical and theoretical evidence collected throughout the project period. It is strengthened by an in-depth Background Paper, which details the current economic environment, qualitative and quantitative outcomes from a Business Survey and Stakeholder Engagement Workshops.
The Background Paper is available on request via 

This page was last updated on: 18 July 2018