Talented workforce

The Australian labour force is one of the most educated, multicultural and multilingual in the world.


  • has the world’s highest secondary education enrolment rate
  • is ranked ninth in the world for the talent of the people it produces, attracts and retains
  • has a culturally diverse workforce where almost 30 per cent of workers were born overseas
  • has experienced a sustained period of labour productivity growth exceeding growth in real wages
  • is the third most popular study destination for international students and a ‘first choice’ education destination within the Asian region.

Almost 40% of Australia's workforce holds a tertiary qualification

Charts from the Benchmark Report

The Australia Benchmark Report provides rich data demonstrating why there is no better place than Australia to do business. The report examines five key reasons for investing in Australia – Growth, Innovation, Talent, Location and Business – and compares Australia’s credentials with other countries.

Charts can be downloaded and saved as images for use in reports and presentations (please reference www.austrade.gov.au).