CSIA has prepared the Industry Workforce Briefing Paper  to support Community Services to advance in this area  

CSIA CEO Belinda Drew said the paper highlights the emergence of thousands of cross-sector job opportunities.

Our Industry has been the biggest contributor to the Queensland jobs economy for the past decade. And is shows no sign of slowing,” she said. 

It’s forecast that the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry will grow more jobs than any other industry.  

That’s 60,000 jobs over five years something we know to be important as we move into recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here is what you need to know before delving into this important briefing paper 

 Snapshot of the statistics 

Currently the Industry represents 14% of Queensland’s workforce (353,625 people) who are employed in Health Care and Social Assistance [ABS, 2020] sitting highest of the Top Five employing industries 

 That’s 100,000 more workers than the second largest industry, construction. 

The paper reveals workforce has increased by 63,676 people over the past five years 

This represents one of the highest rates of employment growth (26%) in Queensland and is expected to rise.   

 Queensland Top Five employment industries 

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance 
  2. Construction 
  3. Education and Training  
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  

 Ms Drew said our Industry has become a powerhouse in Australia’s jobs economy 

“It offers long-term reputable careers for people keen to make a social impact and a difference to the lives of others,” she said. 

“As a person-centred industry, a range of essential services are provided to individuals from childhood through to youth and the elderly.  

“This has been evident during COVID-19. Industry has not stopped, but accelerated 

“We have seen some of our key occupations, such as doctors, nurses and support workers celebrated as local champions.”  

Occupation groups highlighted with fastest growth between 2006 and 2016 were community and personal services workers (45.4%) and professionals (35.5%), while the top eight occupations (below) represented 54% of the Industry’s workforce. 

 Top Eight Health Care and Social Assistance Occupations 2017 

Occupation  Employed 
Registered Nurses  53,887 
Aged and Disabled Carers  27,426 
Child Carers  24,165 
Receptionists  18,628 
Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers  17,724 
Generalist Medical Practitioners  13,631 
General Clerks  6,255 
Welfare Support Workers  6,179 

Meanwhile, new Yellow Card data from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) show an increase demonstrating that Queensland’s economy has become more service orientated 

More than 20,000 applications were received at 31 December 2019 since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout 

Ms Drew said in addition to the introduction of the NDIS, the State’s health response to COVID-19 was an influencing factor to the current jobs climate 

A worldwide pandemic was not included in early projections, but we can see from a range of scenarios that Health Care and Social Assistance is resilient to a range of economic shocks and is likely to continue to provide a large proportion of the future jobs growth in Queensland,” she said. 

Future Workforce  

The Industry Workforce Briefing paper highlights Jobs Queensland employment projections covering from 2019-2024.  

Predictions include rapid growth for Health Care and Social Assistance, which is expected to dwarf all industries with 61,400 new jobs, accounting for one-third (32.4%) of Queensland’s jobs growth in the five years to 2022.  

Regions where jobs growth is forecast ranges from 11% in Darling Downs-Maranoa up to 37% in Ipswich, doubling all other industries growth rate in many regions and reaching six times higher than all industries in Mackay.  

 Within the 61,400 new jobs is: 

  • 20,000 jobs in social assistance services 
  • 20,000 jobs in residential care homes  
  • 15,000 jobs in hospitals.  

 Breakdowns of the major occupations predicted growth include 

  • Registered Nurses growth expected up to 11,000  
  • Aged and Disabled Carers 8,500  
  • Child Carers 4,700  
  • Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers 4,200  
  • General Practitioners and Medical Officers 3,400  
  • General Clerks 1, 700  
  • Welfare Support workers1,150  

 The Top Five forecasted employment industries include:  

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance
  2. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Educational and Training 
  5. Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

You can read the full Industry Workforce paper visit Community Service Industry Alliance and be prepared today!