State Priority Occupation List

The State Priority Occupation List is produced each year by the Department of Training and Workforce Development; in consultation with key stakeholders including industry training councils, to inform and guide workforce planning and development for Western Australia.
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The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for WA. The SPOL informs the WA State training plan, which guides the allocation of subsidised training programs into areas of prioritised need. It also informs WA workforce development planning and the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL).

What's on the SPOL?

Using the new interactive SPOL format, you can search over 350 occupations and see their current priority status as well as an outline of what evidence is driving each occupation's current rating. 

Please note that the SPOL is designed and intended to be used for policy planning and research purposes, rather than as a career guidance tool. If you’d like to know more about what kind of occupation(s) might suit you or someone you know, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

View the SPOL here

How you can contribute to the SPOL

If you wish to contribute to future SPOL processes including via the WAJET survey, or provide the Department with specific intelligence on occupational or industry workforce issues or training needs, this is best done through our network of industry training councils.

Training councils represent specific industry areas and play a vital role in WA’s workforce planning and development; working closely with key stakeholders including peak employer, employee and industry organisations. A full list of training councils is available on the Western Australian State Training Board website.

If you wish to contact the Department directly regarding the SPOL or WAJET survey, please email us at (subject line: SPOL/WAJET).

The SPOL methodology

To provide information about the process and the data sources used to create the SPOL each year, we have developed the SPOL methodology paper