The Public Sector consists of the governments of Australia, the states and territories, their departments, agencies, statutory bodies and government-owned corporations.

The sector delivers diverse economic, social, health and administrative services in cities as well as rural and regional areas.

What does this industry cover?

  • Administration
  • Financal support
  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration and border protection

Industry Information

The sector represents 18% of the total Australian workforce.

Public Sector employees develop, review and implement policies on behalf of the government of the day and for the good of the community.  An array of services are also provided in fields such as education, health, security and finance.

Apprenticeships and traineeship commencements in this industry are modest.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small to medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 933

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Administrative Officer

Border Protection Officer

Customs Officer

School Administration Officer

Customer Service Manager

Court Security Assistant

Injury Management Case Manager

Work Cover Inspector

This industry is positioned within the following groups


Government, Schools, Public Safety & Corrections

Work Types

Helping & Advising

Organising & Clerical

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Career Pathways

The Public Sector has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathways Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • APS Jobs - gateway to the Australian Public Service
  • Australian Public Service Commission – APSC
  • Australian Government
  • Victoria Government
  • New South Wales Government
  • Queensland Government
  • South Australia Government
  • Western Australia Government
  • Tasmania Government
  • Northern Territory Government
  • Australian Capital Territory Government

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