Public Administration and Safety

Australian Jobs 2021

Public Administration and Safety

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

Occupation 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

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.