Health Care and Social Assistance

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Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry. Around 15.5% of workers have their main job in this industry.

This industry covers services like:

  • hospitals
  • general and specialist medical services
  • pathology and diagnostic imaging services
  • dental and allied health care
  • ambulance services
  • child care
  • aged and residential care.

Median earnings are $1,248 per week, lower than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 127,400 (or 6.1%) over the last year.



    Hospitals is the largest sector in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, employing 580,200 workers.



    Registered Nurses is the largest employing occupation in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    2544Registered Nurses
    4231Aged and Disabled Carers
    4233Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers
    4211Child Carers
    2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers
    4117Welfare Support Workers
    5311General Clerks


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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