Public Administration and Safety

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Public Administration and Safety is a large employing industry. Around 6.5% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Organisations in this industry are mainly involved in:

  • Central, State or Local Government activities
  • physical, social, economic and general public safety and security services
  • enforcing regulations.

Median earnings are $1,650 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Public Administration and Safety industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 35,400 (or 4%) over the last year.



    State Government Administration is the largest sector in the Public Administration and Safety industry, employing 283,000 workers.



    Police is the largest employing occupation in the Public Administration and Safety 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
    5311General Clerks
    4422Security Officers and Guards
    5111Contract, Program and Project Administrators
    5995Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
    4421Prison Officers
    8999Other Miscellaneous Labourers
    2244Intelligence and Policy Analysts
    1323Human Resource Managers
    5412Information Officers


    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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