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Regional Industry Data

Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channels.

Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Analysis

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the long term employment trends, impact of COVID-19 and future employment growth prospects in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.

Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Analysis Report

Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance employs approximately 1,875,300 persons (ABS seasonally adjusted data), which accounts for 14.3 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 22.8 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 41 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,063 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the August 2021 quarter are presented in seasonally adjusted terms, rather than trend. Seasonally adjusted data may be more volatile than trend, however, more readily show the significant impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. Moreover, employment data for some industries may exhibit a high degree of volatility as the pandemic has caused greater disruption in different segments of the economy. Please use August 2021 employment data with caution.

The Industry & Occupation quarterly employment update data visualisation can provide more context around recent movements in industry and occupation employment.

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - August 2021 ('000)


Workforce Share - August 2021 (%)


Employment Growth - Five years to August 2021 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to August 2021 (%)


Male Share of Employment - August 2021 (%)


Female Share of Employment - August 2021 (%)


Median Age - 2019


Full Time Share of Employment - August 2021 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - August 2021


Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2020 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 (%)


Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, seasonally adjusted. Average full time hours data is National Skills Commission seasonally adjusted; Median age data are ABS, customised report; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2020; National Skills Commission, 2020 employment projections, five years to November 2025.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2020)

Registered Nurses


Aged and Disabled Carers




Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers


Child Carers


General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers


Welfare Support Workers


General Clerks


Health and Welfare Services Managers




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 National Skills Commission 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 National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

Workforce Shortages

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