Jobs by Location

Jobs by Location Jon Wundersitz Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:44

Nearly two-thirds of Northern Territory jobs are located in Darwin.

34% of Queensland workers hold a certificate 3 or higher vocational qualification.

New South Wales is Australia’s largest employing state. Australian Capital Territory has the most highly educated workforce in Australia.

More than 80% of employment in South Australia is concentrated in Adelaide.

One in four Victorians work in either Health Care or Social Assistance or Retail Trade.

More than half of Tasmanian jobs are located in regional Tasmania.

New South Wales is Australia’s largest employing state. One in four Victorians work in either Health Care or Social Assistance or Retail Trade. 34% of Queensland workers hold a certificate 3 or higher vocational qualification. More than 80% of employment in South Australia is concentrated in Adelaide. Nearly 50% of Mining jobs across Australia are in Western Australia. More than half of Tasmanian jobs are located in regional Tasmania. Northern Territory. Nearly two-thirds of jobs are located in Darwin. The Australian Capital Territory has the most highly educated workforce in Australia.

New South Wales

New South Wales Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 11:32

The New South Wales graphic shows 32% of jobs are regional. 14% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 16% of workers are self-employed.

The New South Wales graphic shows 36% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 28% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 6% of workers hold an other qualification. 30% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in New South Wales

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Construction
Education and Training
Accommodation and Food Services
Manufacturing
Public Administration and Safety
Financial and Insurance Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Administrative and Support Services
Other Services
Wholesale Trade
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Information Media and Telecommunications
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Mining

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New South Wales is the largest employing state in Australia. Most jobs are in Sydney, which accounts for around 70% of the state’s employment.

Around 70% of the state’s workforce has post-school qualifications and they are more likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher than workers nationally. Greater Sydney is the most highly educated workforce in the state, with 72% holding post-school qualifications (including 42% with a bachelor degree or higher).

There are multiple regions, however, where it is far more common for workers to have VET qualifications rather than those gained through a university (such as the Mid North Coast where 44% of the workforce has a Cert III or higher VET qualification). The age profile of this state is largely in line with the national average, although some regions have relatively large shares of workers aged 15 to 24 years. These include Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Murray.

Self-employment may also offer an opportunity for work, or a different career path. While it is less common in New South Wales than in some other areas, around 16% of workers are their own boss.

Employment by region, New South Wales

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qualification No post-school qualification
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Sydney 28 46 14 17 42 25 28
Capital Region 28 46 13 19 24 29 34
Central West 33 47 16 25 25 29 35
Coffs Harbour - Grafton 36 46 15 25 19 38 40
Far West and Orana 29 48 12 24 18 35 39
Hunter Valley (excl. Newcastle) 31 49 16 21 20 42 31
Illawarra 35 46 16 19 26 37 38
Mid North Coast 42 49 17 23 19 44 31
Murray 34 48 19 21 22 32 38
New England and North West 31 48 12 37 17 35 43
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie 32 50 18 16 27 33 32
Richmond - Tweed 41 50 15 29 14 42 30
Riverina 28 48 15 27 17 41 38
Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven 35 50 15 29 25 37 27
New South Wales 30 47 14 19 36 28 30
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

Victoria

Victoria Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:42

The Victoria graphic shows 18% of jobs are regional. 14% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.

The Victoria graphic shows 37% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 28% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 30% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Victoria

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Construction
Education and Training
Manufacturing
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Public Administration and Safety
Accommodation and Food Services
Financial and Insurance Services
Wholesale Trade
Other Services
Administrative and Support Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Arts and Recreation Services
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

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Victoria is the second largest employing state, with the majority of jobs located in Melbourne. While Victorians are employed across all industries, around one in four work in either Health Care and Social Assistance or Retail Trade.

Around 70% of Victorian workers have post-school qualifications, with a relatively large share holding a bachelor degree or higher. Workers in Melbourne are more likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification than those in regional Victoria, where a certificate III or higher VET qualification is more common.

Part-time work is relatively common, accounting for around a third of total employment. Workers in both Geelong and Shepparton are the most likely to be employed in this manner (38% and 37%). A full breakdown of part-time work across the state is available in the table below.

Despite the general downturn, the size and diversity of the Victorian labour market means employment opportunities will continue to exist across all industries. Employers need workers who are resilient, proactive and capable and, if you are able to demonstrate these attributes, you will stand out from the crowd. Digital skills are also important, with continued enhancements in technology affecting jobs and society more broadly. For more information on skills in the future, please see Skills for the future.

Employment by region, Victoria

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Melbourne 31 47 14 17 42 26 28
Ballarat 35 47 14 19 18 40 29
Bendigo 35 47 18 23 26 37 34
Geelong 38 49 17 16 28 34 33
Hume 36 49 9 30 22 36 33
Latrobe - Gippsland 33 47 13 32 15 39 42
North West 33 45 13 26 15 36 44
Shepparton 37 50 17 28 18 31 44
Warrnambool and South West 34 47 17 31 8 32 46
Victoria 32 47 14 19 37 28 30
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

Queensland

Queensland Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:45

The Queensland graphic shows 50% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 18% of workers are self-employed.

The Queensland graphic shows 28% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 34% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 34% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Queensland

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Construction
Education and Training
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Public Administration and Safety
Manufacturing
Accommodation and Food Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Other Services
Wholesale Trade
Financial and Insurance Services
Administrative and Support Services
Mining
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

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Queensland is the third largest employing state in Australia, with around half the jobs located in Brisbane and a further 13% in the Gold Coast area.

Given the size and diversity of the Queensland economy, employment opportunities exist across all industries. Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry in Queensland, with 15% of the state’s employment. There are many roles within this industry that do not require medical qualifications or extensive prior experience. Some of these include Receptionists, General Clerks, Kitchenhands and Commercial Cleaners.

Construction is another large employer, representing around 10% of total employment.

Workers in Queensland are less likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher than the national average, but are more likely to have a certificate III or higher vocational qualification. There is a higher proportion of females employed in this state than the national average and around one in three Queensland workers are employed part-time.

It is worth noting that Queenslanders are more likely to be self-employed than workers in the rest of Australia, with around one in five employed Queenslanders working as their own boss. If you are Australia’s next top young entrepreneur, please see self-employment and entrepreneurship on the government programs which may help you reach your self-employment ambitions.

Employment by region, Queensland

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Brisbane 30 48 15 17 34 31 31
Cairns 31 49 14 21 28 33 38
Darling Downs - Maranoa 27 46 14 25 18 39 42
Fitzroy 26 47 16 22 21 40 35
Gold Coast 34 49 16 18 23 38 36
Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday 27 45 14 18 14 36 46
Queensland - Outback 25 43 18 31 24 26 47
Sunshine Coast 40 50 15 26 26 39 31
Toowoomba 32 49 11 20 23 30 37
Townsville 32 48 16 21 16 41 38
Wide Bay 37 50 15 28 14 39 39
Queensland 31 48 15 19 28 34 34
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

South Australia

South Australia Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:46

The South Australia graphic shows 22% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.

The South Australia graphic shows 26% 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. 37% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in South Australia

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Manufacturing
Education and Training
Construction
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Public Administration and Safety
Accommodation and Food Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Administrative and Support Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Other Services
Wholesale Trade
Financial and Insurance Services
Mining
Arts and Recreation Services
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

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South Australia has a relatively small workforce, with around 7% of national employment. Employment is concentrated in Adelaide, which accounts for 78% of state employment.

While there are employment opportunities available across all industries, more than one in three workers are employed in Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade or Manufacturing.

Construction and Education and Training each represent 8% of the state’s employment, with a further 6% employed in each of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Public Administration and Safety, and Accommodation and Food Services. Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is South Australia’s smallest industry, accounting for 1% of employment.

Part-time employment is relatively common in this state, accounting for around 36% of employment (compared with the national average of 31%). The Barossa–Yorke–Mid North area (encompassing Clare, Peterborough, Port Pirie, Tanunda and Wallaroo) has the largest proportion of part-time employment in the state.

South Australian workers are less likely to hold post-school qualifications than workers nationally. Reversing the Australian trend, a higher share of workers in this state hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification (31%) than those who have a bachelor degree or higher (26%).

Employment by region, South Australia

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Adelaide 35 48 15 20 30 30 35
Barossa - Yorke - Mid North 41 50 12 32 15 36 42
South Australia - Outback 34 47 18 20 7 36 54
South Australia - South East 37 47 15 27 12 42 42
South Australia 36 48 15 21 26 31 37
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

Western Australia

Western Australia Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:49

The West Australia graphic shows 21% of jobs are regional. 14% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.

The West Australia graphic shows 29% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 33% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 6% of workers hold an other qualification. 32% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Western Australia

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Construction
Mining
Retail Trade
Public Administration and Safety
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Education and Training
Accommodation and Food Services
Manufacturing
Other Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Administrative and Support Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Wholesale Trade
Financial and Insurance Services
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Information Media and Telecommunications

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Western Australia is the fourth largest employing state, with employment mostly located in Perth.

The largest employing industry in Western Australia is Health Care and Social Assistance. Demand for work in this industry is only going to increase given Australia’s ageing population. It is worth noting that not everyone employed in this industry is a doctor or a nurse.

Some of the top employing occupations in Health Care and Social Assistance include Receptionists, General Clerks, Kitchenhands and Commercial Cleaners. These are all occupations that can be perfect entry level positions and generally require minimal qualifications or prior experience.

Unlike the rest of Australia, a large proportion of Western Australians are employed in the Mining industry (around one in 10 workers). Reflecting this, nearly half of total Mining employment is located in Western Australia.

While many jobs across Australia have been adversely affected by COVID-19, some areas of the economy have seen an increase in demand. This includes some areas of Mining and mining services.

Employment by region, Western Australia

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Perth 33 46 14 19 32 32 31
Bunbury 32 46 15 20 14 39 38
Western Australia - Outback 26 43 11 23 19 34 36
Western Australia - Wheat Belt 33 45 12 33 12 40 40
Western Australia 32 46 14 20 29 33 32
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; National Skills Commission, A snapshot in time: The Australian labour market and COVID-19.

Tasmania

Tasmania Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:51

The Tasmania graphic shows 54% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 15% of workers are self-employed.

The Tasmania graphic shows 28% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 33% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 7% of workers hold an other qualification. 32% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Tasmania

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Education and Training
Accommodation and Food Services
Construction
Public Administration and Safety
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Manufacturing
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Other Services
Administrative and Support Services
Wholesale Trade
Financial and Insurance Services
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Mining

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While Tasmania is the smallest employing state, there are employment opportunities available across all industries.

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry (14%), closely followed by Retail Trade and Education and Training.

Tasmania has the oldest workforce of any state or territory, with 46% aged 45 years or older. Part-time work is also relatively common (39% of state employment, the largest share in Australia). Workers in this state are less likely to have a bachelor degree or higher than the national average, although they are more likely to have completed a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

Tasmania has the most regionally diverse workforce in Australia, with just over half of all workers employed outside of Hobart.

Employment by region, Tasmania

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Hobart 40 47 15 21 36 28 29
Launceston and North East 36 48 15 26 25 35 36
South East 46 47 12 30 20 44 33
West and North West 35 48 14 27 19 38 36
Tasmania 39 48 15 24 28 33 32
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:52

The Northern Territory graphic shows 35% of jobs are regional. 12% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 10% of workers are self-employed.

The Northern Territory graphic shows 34% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 30% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 32% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Occupation
Public Administration and Safety
Health Care and Social Assistance
Education and Training
Retail Trade
Construction
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Other Services
Administrative and Support Services
Manufacturing
Mining
Arts and Recreation Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Information Media and Telecommunications
Wholesale Trade
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Financial and Insurance Services

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The Northern Territory is the smallest labour market in Australia, with almost two thirds of employment located in Darwin. Public Administration and Safety is the largest employing industry (20%), followed by Health Care and Social Assistance (18%).

Given the small size of the Territory’s workforce (compared with the rest of Australia), it is important to make the most of your relationships with friends, family and other local contacts as they may be aware of job opportunities.

Vacancies that might be formally advertised in other parts of Australia are often advertised through more informal ways (for example, word of mouth, sign in a shop window or on social media). Knowing that, people looking for work might find more opportunities by using every available method. For information on what employers are looking for, please see what employers are generally seeking.

Employment by region, Northern Territory

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Darwin 22 47 13 18 36 28 33
NT - Outback 25 49 11 20 28 30 30
Northern Territory 23 48 12 19 34 30 32
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Jon Wundersitz Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:54

The Australian Capital Territory graphic shows 0% of jobs are regional. 16% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 11% of workers are self-employed.

The Australian Capital Territory graphic shows 45% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 23% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 28% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Occupation
Public Administration and Safety
Health Care and Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Education and Training
Construction
Accommodation and Food Services
Retail Trade
Other Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Administrative and Support Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Manufacturing
Financial and Insurance Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Wholesale Trade
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Mining

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Unlike other states and territories, employment in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is mainly in one industry - Public Administration and Safety. Around one in three Canberran workers are employed in this industry, and most work in public service roles for either the federal or territory government.

However, not all roles within Public Administration and Safety are desk jobs. This industry employs workers across a broad range of areas including graphic design, event management and communication (increasingly through social media).

With many workers returning to their offices following working from home arrangements, there may also be entry level job openings in cafés and restaurants as demand for these services increases. It is important to note, however, that these jobs are typically advertised by word of mouth. More information on how employers find workers.

Employment by region, Australian Capital Territory

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
ACT 27 49 16 15 45 23 28
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.