Public Administration and Safety

This image shows that there were 838,500 people employed in Public Administrative and Safety as at November 2018, up 11.3% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 5.0% over the five years to May 2023.
31% of jobs are regional. 5% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 1% of workers are self-employed. 39% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 31% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 6% of workers hold an other qualification. 24% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Public Administration and Safety includes government administration, and services that maintain or enforce public order and regulations. Employment growth in this industry has been relatively strong over the past five years (up by 11.3%).

There was particularly strong employment growth over the past year, with a significant number of jobs added in State Government Administration.

This workforce is relatively skilled (more than three quarters of workers hold post-school qualifications), relatively old (just 5% are aged 15 to 24 years) and full-time work is common (83% of employment).

Public Administration and Safety employment is projected to increase by 5.0% over the five years to May 2023 (compared with 7.1% growth projected across all industries).

Public Administration and Safety, Annual employment growth (%)

Public Administration and Safety

Public Administration and Safety
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Police 60,000 63,500
General Clerks 53,000 281,800
Security Officers and Guards 42,100 54,800
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 32,200 131,100
Intelligence and Policy Analysts 22,500 28,200
Inspectors and Regulatory Officers 21,300 29,000
Information Officers 18,100 86,900
Other Miscellaneous Labourers 18,000 66,000
Prison Officers 16,300 17,900
Fire and Emergency Workers 15,300 16,900
Office Managers 13,800 150,700
Keyboard Operators 12,500 62,500
Accounting Clerks 12,400 131,700
Welfare Support Workers 12,300 59,500
Policy and Planning Managers 11,900 26,000
Accountants 11,000 188,400
Other Information and Organisation Professionals 10,700 33,400
Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists 9,000 46,900
Other Specialist Managers 8,900 50,900
Human Resource Managers 8,800 55,900

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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