Australian Capital Territory

This image shows that there were 228,600 people employed in the Australian Capital Territory as at November 2017, up 3.9% since November 2016 and 7.7% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 6.9% over the five years to May 2022.
0% of jobs are regional (no change over 5 years).
49% of workers are female (no change over five years).
73% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
28% of jobs are part-time (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 38 years (no change over 5 years).

Educational attainment, Australian Capital Territory (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Australian Capital Territory workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 45%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 24%. Other qualification 4%. No post-school qualification 27%.

Age profile, Australian Capital Territory (%)

Shows the age profile of the South Australia workforce. 15% aged 15 to 24 years. 26% aged 25 to 34 years. 23% aged 35 to 44 years. 21% aged 45 to 54 years. 15% aged 55 years or older.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a relatively small labour market. Employment growth over the past five years was below the national average. Public Administration and Safety is the largest employing industry (60,100 workers), followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (26,600). The ACT has the most highly educated workforce in Australia (73% hold post-school qualifications).

Current conditions (to January 2018)

Labour market conditions in the ACT strengthened over the year to January 2018, with employment rising by 10,600. Full-time employment rose by a robust 9,400, while part-time employment increased by 1,200. While the territory’s unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage points over the year to 4.0%, it remains the lowest rate in Australia. The participation rate rose by 2.6 percentage points to 72.9% (well above the national rate).

Conditions for youth in the ACT weakened over the year, with employment decreasing by 100 (or 0.4%), while the territory’s youth unemployment rate rose by 1.1 percentage points to 10.9% (but remains well below the national rate).


The ACT Treasury forecasts employment growth of 2% in 2018-19. Over the five years to May 2022, employment in the ACT is projected grow by 6.9%.

Quick Fact
More than 17% of ACT workers are combining work with study

Employment by region, Australian Capital Territory

Employment by region, Australian Capital Territory
  Employment Employment Profile Projected Employment
  Employ’t Nov 2017 5 year change
to Nov 2017
Aged 15 to 24 years No post-school qual 5 year change to May 2022
Region ‘000 ‘000 % % % %
ACT 228.6 16.3 7.7 15 27 6.9
Australia 12,380.1 970.7 8.5 14 33 7.8

1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add

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

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