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Corrections and Public Safety

Overview

This page provides high level information and data on the Corrections and Public Safety industry which comprises the following industry sectors:

  • Correctional Services
  • Defence
  • Fire and Other Public Safety
  • Police.

For more information on any of the above, please visit the respective sector page.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Industry cluster snapshot

Employment and training snapshot

Employment in the Public Order and Safety Services industry has grown between 2000 and 2017, reaching its highest level of approximately 198,600 in 2013. Employment levels in the Defence industry have remained more consistent, with a rise from 2000 to 2005 but little significant change between 2005 and 2017. It is projected that employment levels in both industries will rise between 2017 and 2022, though the rise will be stronger for the Public Order and Safety Services industry.

Police are the largest proportion of the Public Order and Safety Services workforce, at just under 30%. Employment levels for all occupations in the Public Order and Safety Services industry are projected to increase between 2017 and 2022. For analysis of Defence occupations, see the Defence sector page. Note due to exemptions, training data for this industry is limited, and should be considered as a general trend indicator.

Program enrolments in the Corrections and Public Safety industry were relatively consistent between 2014 and 2016, with a rise in program completions over the same period. A consistent rise in subject-only enrolments in this industry was present between 2014 and 2016, reaching approximately 112,000 subject only enrolments across training packages in this industry during 2016.

Industry insights on skills needs

Job vacancy data indicates that the top occupations in demand in the Public Order and Safety Services industry are:

  • Security Officers and Guards
  • Police
  • Welfare Support Workers
  • Fire and Emergency Workers
  • Prison Officers.

Due to the nature of the process for filling Defence roles, insufficient data was available for job vacancy analysis.

A general trend identified in the Corrections and Public Safety industry by the Corrections IRC Skills Forecast 2017 and the Public Safety IRC Skills Forecast 2017 is the impact of continual technological development. Workers are required to use continuously updating digital technologies, and in areas such as Police or Defence organisations must address technology-related crime. In some cases this adds complexity to existing roles, or creates new roles which require workers with high levels of digital literacy.

For specific analysis of skills needs in this industry, see the respective sector pages.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment, 2017, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal:

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit 760 Defence Industry and 771 Public Order and Safety Services Industry, employment projections to May 2022
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2022
    • 1391 Commissioned Officers (Management)
    • 1392 Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Members
    • 3231 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
    • 4411 Defence Force Members - Other Ranks
    • 4412 Fire and Emergency Workers
    • 4413 Police
    • 4421 Prison Officers
    • 4422 Security Officers and Guards
    • 5311 General Clerks
    • 8999 Other Miscellaneous Labourers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ06, viewed 1 September 2017 < http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit 760 Defence Industry and 771 Public Order and Safety Services Industry, 2000 to 2017, May Quarter.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 3 digit 760 Defence Industry and 771 Public Order and Safety Services Industry, and 4 digit level occupations to identify the relevant VET-related occupations in the industry as a proportion of the total workforce.

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Activity, 2016 Program Enrolments by Correctional Services Training Package, Defence Training Package, Police Training Package and Public Safety Training Package.

Burning Glass Technologies: Labor insight – real-time labor market information tool <http://www.burning-glass.com> 2017.

  • Job advertisements from all of Australia between January 2014 and August 2017 are included in the analysis.

Skills data has also been extracted from the Burning Glass labour insights job vacancy data tool. Data shown is the proportion of job advertisements which request generic skills for VET-related occupations (within the ANZSCO 1 digit level classifications of Community and Personal Service Workers) in the ANZSIC 3 digit level 771 Public Order and Safety Services Industry (excluding 7712 Investigation and Security Services).

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