Why the Illawarra?

Here's the top reasons why other migrants have chosen the Illawarra as their preferred region: 

  • Lifestyle
  • Proximity to Sydney
  • Job Opportunities
  • University of Wollongong
  • Views and Beaches


Skills Shortages

RDA Illawarra is undertaking a 2-year research project, which will identify skills demands and future opportunities in the Illawarra.

Research from the first round of the survey with 185 employers shows 56 percent of Illawarra businesses rate the level of skills shortages as either high (31%) or extreme (25%) with Shellharbour employers rating the shortage more critical at 77 percent. 

Occupations in Demand in the Illawarra:

  • Trade Technician
  • Administration / Accounting
  • Youth Service / Early Childhood
  • Butchers / Food Processing
  • Supervisors / Project Managers
  • Chefs / Cooks / Baristas
  • Carpenters / Cabinet Makers / Joiners
  • Fitters / Turners / Boilermakers
  • Aged & Disability Care
  • Data / IT

Key Skills and Occupations for the near future:

  • Auto bodyworks / Mechanics
  • Administration / Accounting
  • Data / IT
  • Electrical
  • Engineers / Surveyors
  • Bricklayers / Plasterers / Tilers
  • Youth Services / Early Childhood
  • Chefs / Cooks / Baristas
  • Carpenters
  • Health Professionals

You can view more about the skills shortages in the Illawarra here.



Join our Facebook Group

RDA Illawarra has a Skilled Migration Jobs Board Facebook Group to help connect migrants with local employers.

Employers will advertise positions vacant, upcoming work/projects, where you can also post about your skilled experience and the type of work you are looking for.

You can join the group here: Skilled Migration Jobs Board Facebook Group.


Jobs and Profile of the Illawarra

Want to know more about the Illawarra and the highest employing industries? You can view this information here.