The Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER) is Australia’s first national energy workforce survey. The 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 launched on 30 January 2023, as an online survey open to businesses in, or supporting, the energy sector. This will provide valuable 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.
We will use learnings from this survey to develop a business case to build on the capability of the AEER and broaden its data collection in future years. We are aiming for a full-scale survey to determine sector size and facilitate projections.
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 opportunity assessment.
You can find the survey on the department's consultation hub.
A Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) is the primary collaboration mechanism for designing and delivering the AEER. We are in consultation with the following stakeholders.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
- Canberra Institute of Technology
- Government of South Australia Department for Energy and Mining
- Government of Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
- Jobs and Skills Australia
- NSW Government Department of Education
- NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment
- Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
- Queensland Government Department of Energy and Public Works
- Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania
- Victoria Government Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
- Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Australian Industry Group
- Australian Power Institute
- Business NSW
- Clean Energy Council
- Electrical Trades Union
- Energy Efficiency Council
- Energy Networks Australia
- Energy Savings Industry Association
- Engineers Australia
- Green Energy Markets
- RACE for 2030 CRC
- University of Technology Sydney