Nursing Clinical Directors manage nursing programs and clinical services in hospitals, aged care or other health service facilities, maintain standards of nursing care, provide leadership to ensure an appropriately skilled nursing and midwifery workforce, and contribute to health service planning.

Also known as: Director of Nursing or Senior Nurse Manager.

Specialisations: Assistant Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Executive Director of Nursing.

You usually need a formal qualification in nursing to work as a Nursing Clinical Director. Nursing Clinical Directors often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Develops, implements and monitors the procedures, policies and standards for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff.
  • Co-ordinates and administers health and welfare programs and clinical services.
  • Monitors and evaluates resources devoted to health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment, training and other community facilities and centres.
  • Controls administrative operations such as budget planning, report preparation, expenditure on supplies, equipment and services.

All Health and Welfare Services Managers

  • $2,148 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Nursing Clinical Directors

  • 2,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 87% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Nursing Clinical Directors (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Nursing Clinical Directors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (74%).
  • Gender: 87% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Assistance91.8
Public Administration and Safety3.9
Administrative and Support Services1.4
Other Services0.6
Other Industries2.3

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.
StateNursing Clinical DirectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.631.6
VIC25.625.6
QLD23.920.0
SA9.77.0
WA7.110.8
TAS2.72.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.51.9

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 BracketNursing Clinical DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.3-9.39.3
25-346.0-22.922.9
35-4420.2-22.022.0
45-5436.8-21.621.6
55-5920.7-9.09.0
60-6411.0-6.06.0
65 and Over5.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationNursing Clinical DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate39.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree46.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.6-21.121.1
Year 120.7-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.3-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in nursing to work as a Nursing Clinical Director. Nursing Clinical Directors often have university qualifications.

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

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  • working with children check

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Employers look for Health and Welfare Services Managers who have strong people skills, can communicate clearly and multitask under pressure.

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Knowledge

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  1. Clerical

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Administration and Management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. English Language

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    99% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    97% Important

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  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    90% Important

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