Highly skilled talent

Melbourne's workforce is the most educated state in Australia

More than half of all Victorians aged 20-64 hold some form of post-secondary qualification. 40% of the Victorian labour force have a university degree - the highest proportion of all Australian states1.

Tap into highly skilled talent

Melbourne has more skilled professionals than many of its regional peers across evolving and critical sectors.

1ABS, Education and Work 2022, Table builder
2https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jun/28/three-australian-unis-place-in-top-20-list-of-the-qs-world-university-rankings
3https://techcouncil.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022-Tech-Jobs-Opportunity-report.pdf
4LinkedIn Talent Insights, October 2023
5Department of Education, Skills and Employment 2023
6https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/about/agriculture-in-victoria/victorias-agriculture-and-food-industries
7https://bolddata.nl/en/companies/australia/fmcg-companies-australia/
8ABS cat 6291.0.55.001
9Australian Biotechnology sector snapshot 2022

Melbourne is home to Australia’s highest ranked university and is the only Australian city with universities in the world’s top 5010

Melbourne’s world-class university sector is a driving force of business growth and innovation, with a skill-base deeper than anywhere else in Australia. We produce highly skilled talent from a diverse range of world-class institutions, including Monash University, La Trobe University, Victoria University, Deakin University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Federation University and MCD University of Divinity.

  • The University of Melbourne and Monash University are the only two Australian universities to rank in the world’s top 50.1
  • The University of Melbourne is the highest ranked university in Australia.10
  • Victoria’s universities have outstanding employability outcomes, with The University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT ranked in global Top 100 and the University of Melbourne ranking 8th in the world.11

    10Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
    11QS World University Rankings, Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

Melbourne is a hot spot for high quality research collaborations

Victorian universities are known for a strong culture of collaboration with industry. Together they collaborate on research, training and education opportunities (university curriculum, the provision of scholarships, internships and facilitating an environment for skilled research talent) to foster a mutually-beneficial relationship that produces a deep pool of resilient, work-ready graduates. It provides industry access to the country's best research talent.

We generate the most commercial graduates in Australia

Victorian universities produce a deep pool of resilient, work-ready graduates. We generate approximately one third of Australia's graduates from key disciplines. We have had more business-related university completions than any other state in Australia1, as well as leading in natural and physical sciences, information technology, engineering and related technologies, agriculture, education and environment related studies. This skill base feeds our workforce pipeline and make finding great talent simpler and faster. Victoria is Australia's most highly skilled state.

1Department of Education, Skills and Employment 2023
2Data.gov.sg: Enrolment and Graduates by course 2023

Mid-career talent with transferrable skills ripe for upskilling

Melbourne’s highly skilled educated workforce offers a pool of mid-career professionals with transferable skills that can be quickly upskilled to meet industry and business needs. The Victorian Government is supporting this focus through initiatives such as the Digital Jobs program, which is training and upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers and join the state’s thriving digital workforce.

We have over one million Asian and European speakers

Melbourne has a long tradition of immigration from all over the world. A diverse range of European and Asian speakers contribute to the incredible linguistic diversity in Melbourne today.

The number of people who use a language other than English at home has increased by nearly 800,000 since 2016 to more than 5.5 million people.  With over 260 languages spoken in the workforce, local businesses benefit from strong cultural connections and networks.