Australia’s labour force is one of the most educated, multicultural and multilingual in the world.

Australian workers are highly skilled, thanks to an excellent education system, quality scientific research institutions, and availability of specialised training services.


  • ranks well for its educational system, scientific research institutions and ready availability of skilled labour
  • 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 a multicultural population, where 2.1 million Australians speak an Asian language and 1.3 million speak a European language.