EMPLOYED

18,000

PART-TIME SHARE

59%

FEMALE SHARE

99%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,387

MEDIAN AGE

38

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

-800

Midwives provide care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.

  • Providing advice and support during pre-conception, intrapartum, antenatal and postnatal periods in partnership with women
  • Providing care and management of pregnancy and birth
  • Assessing progress and recognising warning signs of abnormal and potentially abnormal pregnancies requiring referral to an Obstetrician
  • Monitoring the condition of women and foetuses during pregnancy and throughout labour
  • Conducting health education classes and seminars to promote the health of mothers and babies such as reproductive health, antenatal education, preparation for parenthood and breastfeeding
  • Providing advice on nutrition, childcare and family planning
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2023, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Midwives All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 41% 70%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 41 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,387 $1,697
    Median hourly earnings $63 $43

    Industries

    Midwives work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    26.1%

    Victoria

    24.9%

    Queensland

    19.2%

    South Australia

    8.4%

    Tasmania

    2.0%

    Northern Territory

    2.0%

    Australian Capital Territory

    2.1%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, February 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Midwives All Occupations
    Median age 38 years 39 years
    Female share of employment 99% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Midwives
    15–19 5.2 0.0
    20–24 9.1 5.9
    25–34 22.7 27.7
    35–44 22.3 21.3
    45–54 20.4 19.5
    55–59 8.8 11.0
    60–64 6.5 9.7
    65 and Over 4.9 4.8

    Education

    Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Midwives
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 29.2
    Bachelor degree 23.2 65.2
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 3.2
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 0.2
    Year 12 15.9 0.8
    Year 11 4.0 0.1
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.0
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