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

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers
  • Ambulance and Paramedic
  • Complementary Health
  • Dental
  • Direct Client Care and Support
  • Enrolled Nursing
  • First Aid
  • Technicians Support Services.

More information on these sectors, their Industry Reference Committees and Skills Forecasts can be found on their respective sector pages.

Nationally recognised training for Health is delivered under the HLT - Health Training Package. The relevant Service Skills Organisation for this industry is SkillsIQ.

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

Industry cluster snapshot

Employment and training snapshot

The Health Care and Social Assistance industry is the largest employing industry in Australia.  In 2017 approximately 1.6 million people were employed in this industry.  By 2022 it is projected that about 1.8 million people will be employed in this industry.

Occupations related to the HLT Health Training Package make up around a third of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce. Aged and Disabled Carers and Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers are the two occupations with the highest proportion of the workforce. 

In 2016 there were just over 102,000 program enrolments in the HLT Health Training Package. There were also over two million subject enrolments in First Aid qualifications, which have grown considerably from around 306,000 in 2014.  

Industry insights on skills needs

SkillsIQ is conducting a project to assist understanding of the implications of consumer-directed care reforms across Health and Community Services sectors such as disability, aged care, mental health and primary care. These reforms have implications for skills across the different sectors of the Health workforce.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

AADANT – Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of New South Wales

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Aged and Community Services Australia

Allied Health Professions Australia

Ambulance Service of New South Wales

Ambulance Tasmania

Ambulance Victoria

Association of Massage Therapists

ATDC – Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania Inc.

ATODA – Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

Australasian Association of Ayurveda

Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Australian Anaesthesia Allied Health Professionals

Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine

Australian Association of Massage Therapists

Australian Association of Practice Management

Australian Capital Territory Ambulance Service

Australian College of Nursing

Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association

Australian Dental Association

Australian Dental Council

Australian Dental Prosthetists Association

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Australian Kinesiology Association

Australian Natural Therapists Association

Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Australian Private Hospitals Association

Australian Register of Homoeopaths

Australian Services Union

Australian Traditional Medicine Society

Catholic Health Australia

Commonwealth Department of Health

Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA)

Community Services, Health and Education Training Council (CSH&E TC)

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Dental Assistants Professional Association

Dental Board of Australia

Dental Hygienists Association of Australia

Department of Defence

Federation of Sterilizing Research and Advisory Councils of Australia

Health and Community Services Workforce Council [Queensland]

Health Care Complaints Entities in most jurisdictions

Health Services Union

Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs

International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association

Leading Age Services Australia

Medicines Australia

NADA - Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NSW)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

National Council of Ambulance Unions

National Disability Services

National Enrolled Nurse Association of Australia

Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia

New South Wales Ministry of Health

Northern Territory Department of Health

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Optometry Australia

Oral Health Professionals Association

Paramedics Australasia

Pathology Australia

QNADA - Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Queensland Ambulance Service

Reflexology Association of Australia

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

SA Ambulance Service

SANDAS - South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services

Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia

St. John Ambulance Northern Territory

St. John Ambulance Western Australia

Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Working Group (a cross-jurisdictional committee working under the Council of Australian Governments – COAG)

The Council of Ambulance Authorities

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

United Voice

VAADA - Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation

WANADA – Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Western Australian Department of Health



Data sources and notes

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

  • by ANZSIC 1 digit industry, Health Care and Social Assistance, employment projections to May 2022.

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 <>

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 1 digit industry, Health Care and Social Assistance, 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 1 digit industry, Health Care and Social Assistance, 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 Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • HLT Health Training Package.
Updated: 11 Oct 2018
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