WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018

See the best of the best battle it out!

The Skills Show will proudly play host to the most prestigious skills and trade competition, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018. Witness Australia’s most skilled young tradespeople compete in live competitions, battling for their place to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills International Competition, Kazan, Russia.


Meet the competitors!

In the lead-up to the National Championships, we will be speaking with skill champions from all over Australia who are competing across dozens of skills to vie for the title of ‘National Champion’ in more than 50 trade and skill categories. We will be uploading these stories regularly to the Skills Show blog.


WorldSkills Australia is pleased to announce that ARBS will proudly collocate the Refrigeration Championship as an independent skill category from Australia’s most prestigious skills and trade event, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018.

2018 marks the 8th year that ARBS have hosted the Refrigeration Championship. Young refrigeration technicians will travel from all corners of Australia to participate in three days of intensive competition vying for gold, silver and bronze medals and the chance to represent their country at the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia in August 2019.

Partnering with Heatcraft Australia and New Zealand, competitors will have just 18 hours to demonstrate that they have the best skills and knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning in the country.

Find out more via the ARBS website 

National Championships 2016

The 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Championships was held from 6-8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the event was the culmination of months of training for over 500 competitors who earned their spot in Melbourne after medaling at the regional level in 2015.

The competitors came from across Australia, were aged between 16-24 years and represented 60 trades and skills. Overseen by 300 judges and assisted by 120 dedicated volunteers, they spent 16-20 hours across three days completing projects aligned with National Training Packages.

Their hard work paid off when 159 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded. This year’s results included some milestone moments, including the first ever gold medal wins by females in Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Turning and Vehicle Painting.

In addition to the spectacle of competition, the event included a dedicated careers expo and a range of Try’aSkill activities. $10 million worth of materials and equipment were used, 70 per cent of which were provided in-kind by partners, industry organisations, TAFEs and training providers.

The National Championships yielded $20 million worth of economic benefit for the state of Victoria, with 21,000 local, interstate and international visitors in attendance – including a delegation from India.