Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities and in the community, and assist parents in providing care to newborn infants under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Midwife.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, with the majority of workers having a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • assessing, planning and implementing nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as administering medications, and monitoring responses to treatments and care plans
  • assisting Registered Nurses and other team members to coordinate and evaluate care provided
  • promoting and assisting in health education activities for the prevention of ill health
  • bathing, feeding, changing and settling newborn infants
  • providing advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants
  • providing emotional support to parents of newborn infants

Job Titles

  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Mothercraft Nurse
  • Enrolled Nurse

    Provides nursing care to patients in a variety of health, aged care, welfare and community settings under the supervision of Registered Nurses. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Medical Assistant (Defence)

  • Mothercraft Nurse

    Provides care to newborn infants, and provides advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,104 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    20,500
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    11.0%
  • Female Share

    89.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    46.7%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 20,500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs 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.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, South Australia and Queensland have a large share of Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses.
  • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 34.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,104 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
200533200
200627600
200726300
200829600
200924000
201030700
201126300
201224200
201321700
201418300
201520500
202019800

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.
EarningsEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11041230

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.
CategoryEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
Full-time46.768.4
Part-time53.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)34.840.0

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 Assistance96.4
Public Administration and Safety2.6
Financial and Insurance Services0.6
Other Services0.5

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.
StateEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
NSW21.031.8
VIC22.725.5
QLD25.519.8
SA17.16.8
WA9.211.2
TAS3.12.0
NT0.81.1
ACT0.61.8

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 BracketEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-2412.5-9.99.9
25-3422.1-23.423.4
35-4417.1-21.721.7
45-5426.1-21.121.1
55-5910.0-8.78.7
60-648.4-5.95.9
65 and Over3.8-3.83.8

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.
CategoryEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males11.0Males53.6
Females89.0Females46.4

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 QualificationEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree15.3-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma51.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV33.7-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, with the majority of workers having a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. 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 Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses who interact well with others, are flexible, independent and are responsible.

Knowledge

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

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    92% Important

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    86% Important

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

  3. Psychology

    82% 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.

  4. English Language

    82% Important

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

  5. Therapy and Counseling

    75% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

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Activities

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

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    97% Important

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

  2. Documenting/Recording Information

    95% Important

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

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    94% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Building Good Relationships

    91% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  5. Getting Information

    90% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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