Enrolled Nurses provide nursing care to patients in a variety of health, aged care, welfare and community settings under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

Specialisations: Medical Assistant (Defence).

You usually need formal qualifications and clinical experience to work as an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled Nurses often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Assesses, plans and implements nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
  • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as administering medications, and monitoring responses to treatments and care plans.
  • Assists registered nurses and other team members to co-ordinate and evaluate care provided.

More about Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

All Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

  • $1,426 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Enrolled Nurses

  • 34,000 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 43% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 90% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Enrolled Nurses (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 17,600 in 2011 to 34,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Enrolled Nurses work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (43%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
  • Gender: 90% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Enrolled Nurses.

Employment Outlook

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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)
Health Care and Social Assistance94.1
Public Administration and Safety3.7
Administrative and Support Services1.4
Other Services0.3
Other Industries0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateEnrolled NursesAll Jobs Average
NSW24.131.6
VIC27.425.6
QLD21.020.0
SA14.47.0
WA8.810.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketEnrolled NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-247.6-9.39.3
25-3419.2-22.922.9
35-4418.2-22.022.0
45-5427.2-21.621.6
55-5915.5-9.09.0
60-649.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationEnrolled NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma66.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.9-21.121.1
Year 122.5-18.118.1
Year 110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and clinical experience to work as an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled Nurses often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

You must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry and Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

Employers look for Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses who interact well with others, are flexible, independent and are responsible.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Psychology

    62% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. English language

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Medicine and dentistry

    46% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  5. Education and training

    43% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Physically close to people

    93% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Contact with people

    91% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Walking and running

    88% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants.

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