Public Administration and Safety

This image shows that there were 740,500 people employed in Public Administration and Safety as at November 2017, down 6.1% since November 2016 and up 6.5% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 9.3% over the five years to May 2022.
31% of jobs are regional (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
49% of workers are female (up 3 percentage points over 5 years).
77% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
20% of jobs are part-time (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 43 years (up 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Police 59,700 60,400
General Clerks 50,700 235,600
Security Officers and Guards 39,900 60,100
Contract, Programme and Project Administrators 31,500 121,100
Inspectors and Regulatory Officers 23,600 30,800

Employment, Public Administration and Safety (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Public Administration and Safety industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over most of this period but has fallen over the last year to 740,500 in November 2017.

Public Administration and Safety includes government administration, and services that maintain or enforce public order and regulations. There was subdued employment growth over the past five years but employment has fallen over the last year. The ACT (which is the location of the majority of the Australian Government’s administration) has a relatively high share of this industry’s employment.

This workforce is highly skilled (more than three quarters hold post-school qualifications), relatively old (just 6% are aged 15 to 24 years) and full-time work is common.

Public Administration and Safety employment is projected to increase by 9.3% over the five years to May 2022.

Educational attainment, Public Administration and Safety (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Public Administration and Safety industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 39%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 33%. Other qualification 5%. No post-school qualification 23%.

Age profile, Public Administration and Safety (%)

Shows the age profile of the Public Administration and Safety workforce. 6% aged 15 to 24 years. 22% aged 25 to 34 years. 26% aged 35 to 44 years. 26% aged 45 to 54 years. 20% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections

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