Midwives provide care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • providing advice and support during pre-conception, intrapartum, antenatal and postnatal periods in partnership with women
  • providing care and management of pregnancy and birth
  • assessing progress and recognising warning signs of abnormal and potentially abnormal pregnancies requiring referral to an Obstetrician
  • monitoring the condition of women and foetuses during pregnancy and throughout labour
  • conducting health education classes and seminars to promote the health of mothers and babies such as reproductive health, antenatal education, preparation for parenthood and breastfeeding
  • providing advice on nutrition, childcare and family planning

Job Titles

  • Midwife, (including Certified Midwife or Registered Midwife)

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,377 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      moderate
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      17,400
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      0.1%
    • Female Share

      99.9%
    • Full-Time Share

      48.3%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 17,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Midwives work in most parts of Australia.
    • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
    • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 32.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,377 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200512900
    200615000
    200712800
    200815900
    200914300
    201014400
    201116000
    201216800
    201315300
    201414400
    201517400
    202018500

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMidwivesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13771230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMidwivesAll Jobs Average
    Full-time48.368.4
    Part-time51.731.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)32.840.0

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.8
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.8
    Public Administration and Safety0.8
    Administrative and Support Services0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMidwivesAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.131.8
    VIC26.325.5
    QLD13.319.8
    SA11.06.8
    WA9.111.2
    TAS0.92.0
    NT1.61.1
    ACT0.71.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.45.4
    20-246.5-9.99.9
    25-3425.4-23.423.4
    35-4416.5-21.721.7
    45-5429.6-21.121.1
    55-597.4-8.78.7
    60-6410.1-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.5-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMidwivesCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males0.1Males53.6
    Females99.9Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.3-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree75.7-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV0.0-18.918.9
    Year 120.0-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
    Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

    A Bachelor Degree or higher is needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Midwives who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Medicine and Dentistry

      98% Important

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    2. Psychology

      88% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    3. English Language

      86% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      85% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Biology

      83% Important

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Assisting and Caring for Others

      98% Important

      Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

    2. Documenting/Recording Information

      96% Important

      Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

    3. Getting Information

      96% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      95% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

      94% Important

      Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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