Annual Employment Growth (%)
Public Administration and Safety includes federal, state and local government administration and services like the police force. It was one of the few industries to experience growth over the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in workers is potentially due to the development and implementation of support programs as part of the Australian Government’s Coronavirus economic response, or equivalent state/territory government initiatives.
Top Employing Occupations
|Contract, Program and Project Administrators|
|Security Officers and Guards|
|Inspectors and Regulatory Officers|
|Intelligence and Policy Analysts|
|Other Miscellaneous Labourers|
|Welfare Support Workers|
|Policy and Planning Managers|
|Fire and Emergency Workers|
|Other Information and Organisation Professionals|
|Other Specialist Managers|
|Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers|
|Human Resource Professionals|
This workforce is highly skilled (more than three quarters of workers hold post-school qualifications), relatively old (just 6% are aged 15 to 24 years) and full-time work is common (83% of employment). Given this, there are fewer opportunities for entry level positions within this industry. All federal government departments, though, offer graduate programs for university graduates interested in a career in the Australian Public Service.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.