Top 5 Public Administration and Safety Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Security Officers and Guards||35,800||53,100|
|Contract, Programme and Project Administrators||30,900||126,600|
|Inspectors and Regulatory Officers||21,100||30,300|
Public Administration and Safety includes government administration and services that maintain or enforce public order and regulations. It accounts for around 6% of Australia’s workforce.
Employment growth in this industry was slightly below the all industries average over the five years to November 2015 (up by 5.5%, or 38,600, compared with 6.4%). Employment is projected to rise at a slightly stronger rate over the five years to November 2020 (up by 7.0% compared with 8.3% across all industries).
The Australian Capital Territory has a relatively high share of this industry’s jobs (8% or 58,800) reflecting the location of most of the Australian Government’s administration.
The workforce is highly skilled, with a relatively large proportion of workers holding post-school qualifications, particularly at the bachelor degree or higher level.
Reflecting the skill profile, a significant proportion of the workforce are Professionals, although the largest employing occupation group is Clerical and Administrative Workers. Women have 49% of jobs.
Compared with the all industries averages, few workers are employed on a part-time basis (19% compared with 31%), the workforce has a relatively old age profile, with 46% of workers aged 45 years and over (compared with the average of 39%) and just 6% are aged 15 to 24 years (compared with 16%).
Educational attainment, Public Administration and Safety (% of industry total)
Age profile, Public Administration and Safety (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Public Administration and Safety, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification