Legislators represent the interests of people in constituencies as elected members of national, state and territory parliaments and local government authorities.

    You can work as a Legislator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Legislators.


    • developing national, state, territory or local government policy, and formulating, amending and repealing legislation and by-laws
    • helping constituents with a range of problems particularly with regard to matters concerning government and local agencies
    • investigating matters of concern to the public and to particular persons and groups
    • introducing proposals for government action and representing public and electoral interests
    • issuing policy directions to government departments and exercising control over local government authorities
    • attending community functions and meetings of local groups to provide service to the community, gauge public opinion and provide information on government plans
    • may serve as a member on parliamentary committees and inquiries
    • may present petitions on behalf of concerned groups

    All Legislators

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 2,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 56 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 41% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Legislators (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2018 to 2,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Legislators work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 56 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (74%).
    • Gender: 41% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety88.5
    Health Care and Social Assistance4.0
    Education and Training2.1
    Other Services1.4
    Other Industries4.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLegislatorsAll Jobs Average

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLegislatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    65 and Over18.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLegislatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree33.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.5-21.121.1
    Year 1211.0-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below8.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Legislator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Legislators.

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    • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

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