Audiologist252711 by dandanhuanghuang

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									ANZSCO 2527-11                                                                             Australia
Audiologist                                                                           November 2011

Current labour market rating                                  Shortage

Previous labour market rating (April 2010)                    Shortage

Comments

Employers filled less than a quarter of advertised vacancies within the survey period. The proportion of
vacancies filled was similar to that recorded in 2010.

Survey results

       Employers filled 24 per cent of their advertised audiologist positions and attracted 0.3 suitable applicants
        per vacancy (results which are very similar to those recorded in 2010).
       Applicant fields were small, 1.6 per vacancy on average.
       Most employers who advertised were seeking fully qualified audiologists and some also required a
        Qualified Practitioner (QP) number and registration with the Audiological Society of Australia, the
        Australian College of Audiology or the Office of Hearing Services.
       The majority of vacancies were new positions indicating that demand for audiologists is strong. More than
        20 per cent of employers contacted commented on the high demand for audiologists, which they feel is
        likely to increase further due to Australia’s ageing population.
       A small number of employers were willing to compromise and train a graduate if they could not find a fully
        qualified and experienced audiologist but a similar number of employers were unwilling to compromise.
        Around 40 per cent of employers were willing to consider overseas applicants but commented that
        qualification recognition can be difficult.
       Some employers suggested that audiologist positions are often filled through word of mouth rather than
        advertisements and as the occupation is small, audiologists tend to stay in their jobs for relatively long
        periods of time.
       Employers in regional areas found it significantly more difficult to fill audiologist vacancies than those in
        metropolitan areas.
       Around half of employers surveyed commented that they had advertised on multiple occasions or for
        lengthy periods of time.

Reasons for rating

       Few vacancies were filled and there was less than one suitable applicant per vacancy.
       Two thirds of employers did not attract any suitable applicants and a significant number did not attract any
        applicants.
       Almost 70 per cent of employers commented that it is difficult to recruit qualified audiologists.

Why applicants were unsuitable

       The main reasons applicants were considered to be unsuitable were lack of experience or inadequate
        qualifications.
       Some qualified applicants were unsuitable because they did not have a QP number or were not
        registered.
Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Demand and supply trends

       Anecdotal evidence suggests that demand for audiologists is strong with around 70 per cent of vacancies
        surveyed being for new positions.
       Employers across states noted that entry to the audiologist profession requires a Master’s degree
        qualification, as well as an additional 12 months of supervised clinical experience to become fully
        qualified. This qualification is offered at five universities across Australia, the University of Melbourne,
        Macquarie University, University of Western Australia, Flinders University and the University of
        Queensland, and takes two years to complete.
       DEEWR Higher Education data indicate that commencements in Master’s degrees in audiology fluctuated
        over the five years to 2010, averaging around 80 per year. The number of completions averaged 70 per
        year over the same period.




Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

								
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