Public Administration and Safety

This image shows 30% of jobs are regional. 5% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 2% of workers are self-employed.
44% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 29% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 23% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.


Annual Employment Growth (%)

Public Administration and Safety includes federal, state and local government administration and services like the police force. It has been one of the few industries to experience growth during 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 COVID-19 economic response, or equivalent state and territory government initiatives.

Top employing occupations This industry All industries
General Clerks 75,200 311,200
Police 67,800 70,900
Security Officers and Guards 40,400 52,500
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 35,700 123,000
Intelligence and Policy Analysts 25,600 34,400
Inspectors and Regulatory Officers 24,400 33,600
Prison Officers 20,300 20,400
Information Officers 18,500 88,300
Other Miscellaneous Labourers 17,800 70,500
Policy and Planning Managers 16,200 33,000
Fire and Emergency Workers 15,800 20,300
Welfare Support Workers 14,300 72,800
Other Information and Organisation Professionals 13,400 49,000
Office Managers 13,400 115,900
Accounting Clerks 12,300 144,100
Human Resource Managers 12,100 72,000
Accountants 11,900 198,100
Urban and Regional Planners 11,500 19,500
Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers 10,800 33,800
Human Resource Professionals 9,600 80,400

This workforce is relatively skilled (around 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). 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.