This study presents the findings from the first large-scale survey of renewable energy employment in Australia. The renewable industry is an important source of employment in Australia. The industry has reported skill shortages but found a lack of data on renewable energy employment an impediment to workforce planning. Consequently, the Clean Energy Council commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures to undertake a survey of employment in renewable energy.
- Renewable energy will be a major source of jobs in the medium-term – but there are different short-term trajectories for employment under Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) scenarios.
- Renewable energy creates employment across a diverse range of occupations, led by trades and technicians, labourers and professionals.
- Renewable energy could create around 45,000 jobs led by rooftop solar and wind farms. An increasing proportion of these jobs would be on-going employment, primarily in regional areas.
- Renewable energy creates more jobs than current employment in the domestic coal sector - and under growth scenarios, renewable energy employment is comparable to current employment in all coal mining.