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)
  • Midwife, (including Certified Midwife or Registered Midwife)

    Specialisations: Community Midwife, Midwife Practitioner

Fast Facts

  • $1,377 Weekly Pay
  • 17,100 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 45.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.3 hours Average full-time
  • 48.5 years Average age
  • 98.9% female Gender Share

The number of Midwives grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 17,100 in 2017 to 18,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Midwives work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (45.2%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58.3%).
  • Gender: 98.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200714500
200814900
200914400
201014900
201116000
201216100
201316500
201414600
201515500
201617500
201717100
202218800

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance92.8
Administrative and Support Services3.2
Public Administration and Safety3.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.9
Other Industries0.1

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 2017, 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
NSW27.731.6
VIC29.226.2
QLD18.319.7
SA8.46.7
WA10.210.8
TAS2.62.0
NT2.51.1
ACT1.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-244.8-9.99.9
25-3421.7-23.623.6
35-4415.3-21.721.7
45-5427.4-20.820.8
55-5916.3-8.88.8
60-6412.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1161.00 - Nurse Midwives.

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