Mothercraft Nurses provide care to newborn infants, and provide advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants.

    A diploma or advanced diploma in nursing is needed to work as a Mothercraft Nurse. Some Mothercraft Nurses also have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Promotes and assists in health education activities for the prevention of ill health.
    • Bathes, feeds, changes and settles newborn infants.
    • Provides advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants.
    • Provides emotional support to parents of newborn infants.

    More about Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

    All Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

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

    Mothercraft Nurses

    • 180 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 35% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 54 years Average age
    • 99% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Mothercraft Nurses (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 320 in 2011 to 180 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Mothercraft Nurses work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and New South Wales have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (35%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 54 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
    • Gender: 99% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    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 Assistance78.6
    Public Administration and Safety7.1
    Retail Trade5.5
    Education and Training5.5
    Other Industries3.3

    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.
    StateMothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.331.6
    VIC42.425.6
    QLD4.920.0
    SA2.27.0
    WA7.610.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketMothercraft NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-340.0-22.922.9
    35-4413.7-22.022.0
    45-5436.3-21.621.6
    55-5925.6-9.09.0
    60-6415.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMothercraft NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree20.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma62.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.3-21.121.1
    Year 122.3-18.118.1
    Year 112.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.3-12.512.5

    A diploma or advanced diploma in nursing is needed to work as a Mothercraft Nurse. Some Mothercraft Nurses also have university qualifications.

    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.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • 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.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      55% Skill level

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

    2. Education and training

      44% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      42% Skill level

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

    4. Clerical

      37% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English language

      33% Skill level

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

    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, 39-9011.00 - Childcare Workers.

    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.

    Filter Work Environment

    Demands

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

    1. Teamwork

      97% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    2. Contact with people

      92% Important

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

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Physically close to people

      91% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      85% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    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, 39-9011.00 - Childcare Workers.

    go to top