WorldSkills Australia is a national organisation that has been actively celebrating and promoting the standards and status of vocational training and skills excellence since 1981.

WorldSkills Australia not only showcases skills for the economic prosperity of Australia, it also equips young Australians with the skills to compete in the globalised economy of the future.

Through the programs of competitions and international pathways, WorldSkills Australia inspires excellence in skills and instils confidence in young people to succeed. They achieve this goal through competitions held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially.

Regional competitions lead into national competitions and national competition winners, if eligible, can become members of the Team Australia Skillaroos.

Through it’s program of competitions, WorldSkills Australia aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make.

WorldSkills Australia is more than just Australia’s biggest and most prestigious skills competition. The competitions unearth ‘Skill Ambassadors’ - the perfect role models for all young Australians who are contemplating their futures, and examples for all Australians of what can be achieved in a trade or skills-based career.

Northern Territory national team 2018

They’re the Northern Territory’s best of the best and they have gold medals in their sight - six young tradies and apprentices will vie for national glory next month.

Of the six, four are Charles Darwin University students or graduates, and will compete in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships at Sydney's Convention Centre, from 2 to 4 June 2018.

The competition will see more than 500 apprentices and tradespeople aged 16 to 24 compete in categories ranging from conventional trades like bricklaying, through to web design and hairdressing.

Open category competitors

Chloe Taylor Darwin Open cookery
Luke Unwin Darwin Plumbing and heating
Toby Grant Darwin Retail baking - bread
Simone Place Darwin Hairdressing

VET in Schools category competitors

Pauline Lamboa Nhulunbuy High School Nhulunbuy VETiS commercial cookery
Caitlin Anderson Nhulunbuy High School Nhulunbuy VETiS business services


NT regional contact:

Chantelle Salandanan
Events Coordinator
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: (08) 8935 7751

Last updated: 21 May 2018