Discover industries – Public Administration and Safety

More opportunities are emerging in this industry as its older workforce reaches retirement. Most workers have post-school qualifications and jobs are generally full-time.

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There are many opportunities in this industry working with or for various levels of government.

View top 10 occupations in this industry

About Public Administration and Safety

Public Administration and Safety is a large industry by employment. Its organisations are involved in: 

  • federal, state or local government activities 

  • physical, social, economic and general public safety and security services such as the defence force 

  • enforcing regulations, such as the police. 

Most workers have post-school qualifications either from university or vocational education and training (VET). 

Most people in this industry work full-time. 

Source: Labour Market Insights, Jan 2024

Workforce share in Australia

Percentage of workers who have their main job in this industry.

6.5 %
Employed in Australia

The number of people this industry employs in Australia.

Industry growth in Australia

This is the projected amount this industry will grow by in Australia over the next 5 years.

4.7 %

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), Employment Projections, May 2023.

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Current and future employment in Australia

See how Australia's Public Administration and Safety industry is projected to grow by 8.8% over a 10-year period compared to an average Australian industry growth rate of 14.2%.

Largest employing occupations

This table shows the top-10 occupations in Accommodation and Food Services by employment numbers. 

General Clerk
Security Officers and Guards
Contract, Program and Project Administrators
Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
Intelligence and Policy Analysts
Other Miscellaneous Labourers
Fire and Emergency Workers
Prison Officer
Information Officer

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2021

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