Australian Jobs - 2019 Statistics

The Australian Government collects data each year on the workforce and presents this in the form of statistics. The workforce includes people working full-time, part-time, casually, in contracts, and volunteers. The data set is very broad, and does not look into too many specifics, however it is interesting and worth viewing for those people interested in making their way into the workforce and making big decisions about their future careers.

1. Jobs By Location (1 of 4 in the Series)
  • The figure below shows the employment in each state & territory of Australia as of Dec 2018.
  • The table below shows the population and workforce of each state & territory in Australia as of Dec 2018.
State Population Workforce Percentage
Australia Capital Territory 420,000 228,000 55%
New South Wales 7,540,000 4,054,000 54%
Northern Territory 240,000 133,000 54%
Victoria 6,360,000 3,339,000 53%
Western Australia 2,590,000 1,351,000 52%
South Australia 1,680,000 843,000 50%
Queensland 5,070,000 2,491,000 49%
Tasmania 520,000 249,000 48%
  • This data is interesting, but what does it mean for you, or for school leavers?
  • Remember there are many reasons why a large percentage of the population does not work, including:
    • They are elderly (Retired from the workforce)
    • They are young (Children or teenagers, not yet of working age, or still in school)
    • They are parents (Staying at home to raise children)
    • They have chronic disabilities (Physically or mentally unable to work)
    • They have a temporary Illness (Short hiatus in their ability to work)
    • They are unable to find work (Temporarily supported until work is found)
    • And many others
  • Also, note that Australia has an ageing population, and those states with the lowest employment percentages also tend to have the largest number of retirees.
  • This information may be useful if you plan to work in healthcare. An ageing population means that nationally, especially in states like Queensland and Tasmania, there is likely to be work in healthcare.
  • Jobs in healthcare are also likely to be long-term jobs, as seen by the steady increase in population ages in Australia, trend towards living healthily and an increased life expectancy.  

Don’t be too excited or discouraged by this data. Although this information presents some interesting figures, these findings are still open to personal interpretation. Look out for our post next week, when we look at jobs by industry.


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