The Public Safety industry comprises State and Territory Emergency Services, Aquatic Search and Rescue, and Emergency Management sectors. These sectors share the goal of protecting the safety of people in Australia and ensure that government regulations and licensing requirements are followed.

The industry protects Australians from all types of fire, and provides rescue services in floods, earthquakes, and motor vehicle accidents. 

The Public Safety sector operates in regional and metropolitan areas.

What does this industry cover?

  • Upholding community safety
  • Fire fighting
  • State or territory emergency services
  • Aquaric search and rescue
  • Safety training
  • Operational health and safety enforcement

Industry Information

This industry covers approximately 500,000 paid and volunteer workers who are usually managed by government departments under legislative frameworks. 

Paid employment prospects in this industry are limited.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are low. Participation is often in the form of voluntary or community involvement.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 56

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

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have decreased, 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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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 medium 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 to high.

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

Key Occupations

Wildlife Safety Officer



This industry is positioned within the following groups


Government, Schools, Public Safety & Corrections

Work Type

Helping & Advising

Organising & Clerical

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Public Safety 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.


  • Australasian Fire Authorities Council
  • Australian Capital Territory: Justice and Community Safety Directorate 
  • New South Wales Fire and Rescue
  • Northern Territory: Secure NT
  • Queensland: Public Safety Business Agency
  • South Australia: Metropolitan Fire Service
  • South Australia: Country Fire Service
  • Tasmania: Department of Police and Public Safety
  • Victoria: Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Victoria: Country Fire Authority
  • Western Australia: Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Emergency Services

  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • NSW State Emergency Service
  • SES - Department of Emergency Services - Queensland
  • South Australian State Emergency Service
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services (WA)
  • Tasmania State Emergency Service
  • Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services
  • ACT State Emergency Service