Hospital workforce

Who works in our hospitals?

The hospital workforce in Australia is large and diverse, covering many occupations including medical officers, nurses, diagnostic and allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists), administrative and clerical staff, and domestic and other personal care staff.

Public hospitals

In 2020–21, there were 422,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed in public hospitals. The number of FTE staff has increased 3.4% per year on average since 2016–17.

Table 1: Staff and average salaries, public hospitals, 2020–21
Type of staff Average number of full-time equivalent staff Average salary (per year)
Nurses 174,574 (41%) $111,102
Administrative and clerical staff 78,015 (18%) $84,800
Diagnostic and allied health professionals 68,081 (16%) $99,827
Salaried medical officers 52,209 (12%) $232,501
Domestic and other personal care staff 48,851 (12%) $67,675

The workforce described here includes people employed to manage and deliver public hospital services in public hospitals themselves, as well as within local hospital networks (LHNs) and state/territory health authorities. These staff numbers do not include visiting medical officers in public hospitals who are generally employed by the hospital on a contractual, rather than salaried basis.

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