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Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance employs approximately 1,702,700 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 13.3 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 22.4 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 42 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,000 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 2019 ('000)

1,702.7

Employment Growth - Five years to February 2019 ('000)

311.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 2019 (%)

22.4

Male Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

21.7

Female Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

78.3

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

55.6

Average Full Time Hours - February 2019

36

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2018 ($)

1,000

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 ('000)

250.3

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 (%)

14.9

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2018; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, 2018 employment projections, five years to May 2023.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)


Registered Nurses

270,300

Aged and Disabled Carers

162,800

Child Carers

111,000

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

96,800

Receptionists

94,300

General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

63,900

Welfare Support Workers

32,600

General Clerks

27,800

Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

26,800

Psychologists

26,800

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.

Workforce Shortages

The Department carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.