Objective: Support sector specific workforce development strategies to identify and address business, industry and regional workforce needs.

Woman sitting in chair with clipboardThe increased demand for labour in the next five years will be felt across the Territory. Labour shortages can create impediments to business operations and impact on productivity and profitability.

The process for addressing labour supply and demand issues is known as workforce planning. This helps employers identify and address workforce supply and demand issues and better plan for sustained business success and growth through strategies to attract, develop and retain employees.

Workforce planning leads to employers having the right people with the right skills at the right time.

Priority strategies and actions

  • Enhance workforce planning across the Northern Territory:
    • Assist small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with workforce planning with the introduction of Your Workforce – a guide for employers.  An online tool to assist business with workforce planning.  Provide access to qualified consultants under the NT Workforce Planning Program to support businesses to gear up their workforce.
    • Introduce the Business Growth - Employment Solutions Program to support business access to specialist advice across workforce matters such as staff development, training, retention, attraction, and legislative and regulatory obligations.
    • Partner with regions to develop workforce strategies that recognise the differing needs of the Northern Territory’s regions. This will include individual workforce plans developed for the Territory Growth Towns.
  • Develop and publish a range of information that supports workforce planning:
    • research, collate and publish information on industries, regions, SMEs and Territory Growth Towns
    • work with industry, regions and training advisory councils to expand the annual Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List to include forecast future skill needs.

Continuing strategies and actions

  • The Territory Government has partnered with the following sectors to develop workforce strategies that meet each respective sector’s needs:
    • transport and logistics
    • oil and gas (post construction)
    • construction
    • early childhood
    • manufacturing.
    The strategies aim to increase the engagement of under-represented groups in the workforce, such as youth, women and Indigenous people, attract and retain suitable workers, and encourage workers to upskill or re-skill. They also contain a number of initiatives specific to each sector aimed at reducing barriers to growing the sector’s workforce.
  • Partner with priority industry sectors to develop and implement evidence based workforce development strategies.  Priority sectors include:
    • community services
    • tourism
    • VET workforce.
  • Partner with major project proponents to identify workforce needs, while maximising training and employment opportunities for Territorians.

Measuring success

Maintaining higher than national labour force participation rates.

‘The NT Transport and Logistics Workforce Development Plan has provided our industry with an opportunity to look over the horizon to identify and respond proactively and in an informed fashion with greater understanding of the workforce needs into the future. Scarce training resources can be utilised more effectively and decisions are being made using a sound evidence base.’ - Louise Bilato, Road Transport Association

‘Take advantage of the Workforce Planning program opportunity. Open your doors with an experienced consultant to be an external set of eyes looking at your business. Quite often you can’t see the very things you need to be addressing your staffing requirements and challenges.’ - Eric Sutherland, Colemans Printing