Review of the Australian Government Job Outlook site


The Australia Government’s Job Outlook page is a site for Australians looking to find their career path. Maybe they want to be a plasterer in Sydney, or a sparky/electrician operating in the Western Australian region, which have been rather in demand recently. Regardless, is there to help them.

Looking at the home page of, no one will be faulted for thinking of the old Latin saying ‘per aspera ad astra’ or the more common ‘dream of the stars’. It harkens to the idea that one should be motivated to seek out their career, which the text and the links on the site reinforce. The site, in terms of aesthetic is bold. Vibrant, bright colours will greet any visitors, with a striking gold highlights marked with a starry blue background.  The first thing visible on the site is the BETA header, saying that the site is under constant improvement, with a link to a feedback e-mail address for those interested.

Following that is the main tab, which shows the Australian Government logo, followed by the home button, and four tabs: Career Quiz, Explore Careers, Explore Industries, and Explore A to Z. The leftmost corner of the main tab is the notifications icon and the search button. A useful function of the main tab is that its set to always be the top of the screen,  which you’ll notice by it gaining a darker background and the icon changing into the JobOutlook logo.  For comparison:

But the striking visuals don’t detract or distract from the site’s functionality, as all of the key functions are highlighted with the contrasting colour scheme, which helps a lot when you’re looking for something. Want to find a link? Look for the gold highlighted words, a task made all the more easier with the vivid azure background.

Anyone looking to take on a specific career will find to be a massive help.Let’s say someone’s curious on the details of being a plasterer in Sydney, the site provides a summary of the profession, the requirements, the tasks usually assigned to that profession, and other useful information. All of this comes in a quick, compressed form on the left side, the Fast Facts, which use the similar blue/gold contrast to stand out.

All in all, the Job Outlook site does its job pretty well, though it’s a bit heavy on the visuals, and could use a slightly more utilitarian look. Emphasis on slightly.


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