National Hydrogen Skills and Training Analysis

We are pleased to release the National Hydrogen Skills and Training Analysis report which examines the skills required to support an advanced Australian hydrogen economy across six areas of the hydrogen supply chain.

The Australian Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen presents a significant opportunity for the Australian economy.

With the increasing global momentum towards clean hydrogen, the 2019 Australian National Hydrogen Strategy outlined a plan for Australia to draw on its resources and establish a robust hydrogen supply chain that focuses on producing, moving and using hydrogen. However, in order to support an effective and efficient hydrogen supply chain in Australia, a skilled and capable workforce must be established.

To support the National Hydrogen Strategy and the identification of the workforce required to support a robust hydrogen economy in Australia, the Australian Government’s Department of Employment and Workplace Relations engaged PwC’s Skills for Australia to conduct a National Hydrogen Skills and Training Analysis. The analysis identifies and plans for the future skills and training needs of Australians working with hydrogen.

Project overview

The analysis aims to build a clear view of the workforce in six key areas of the hydrogen supply chain. The six in-scope areas of the supply chain are:

  • Producing hydrogen
  • Storing hydrogen
  • Transporting hydrogen
  • Replacing natural gas in networks and turbines
  • Using hydrogen as a transport fuel for cars, buses, heavy transport and more
  • Exporting at scale from Australia’s ports.

Key project findings

Key findings from the National Hydrogen Skills and Training Analysis include:

  • No new job roles are required to support the hydrogen economy. Existing job roles (e.g. mechanical engineers, plumbers and electricians) needed to support activities across the hydrogen supply chain will be augmented to undertake hydrogen activities
  • Forty-six job roles will be needed to support the hydrogen supply chain across the six hydrogen supply chain areas in-scope for this report. The majority of jobs required will be for technician and tradesperson and engineering job roles.
  • Estimates indicate that 13,150 – 16,100 FTE will be required by 2030 (under a medium hydrogen production scenario)
  • Training gaps must be addressed (e.g. equipment integration, co-firing gases, storage) to adequately prepare the workforce
  • Incremental hydrogen-specific upskilling will complement workers’ existing base of education and training.

The project has now finished and the report has been finalised and is available for download below.

Primary contacts

If you have any queries about the report, please reach out to one of the PwC team members:

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