Public Administration and Safety

This image shows that there were 735,200 people employed in the Public Administration and Safety industry at November 2015, up 0.1% since 2014 and up 5.5% since 2010. 32% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Public Administration and Safety industry is projected to grow by 7.0% over the next 5 years.
735,200
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.1 since 2014
5.5 since 2010
Projected to increase by 7.0% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Public Administration and Safety Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Police 56,900 58,300
General Clerks 49,800 239,900
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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Public Administration and Safety Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 40%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 30%. No post-school qualification 25%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Public Administration and Safety (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Public Administration and Safety industry.  15-24 years 6%. 25-34 years 22%. 35-44 years 26%. 45-54 years 26%. Aged 55 years and over 20%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Public Administration and Safety, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Public Administration and Safety, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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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