Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities and in the community, and assist parents in providing care to newborn infants under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Midwife.

    You usually need formal qualifications and clinical experience to work as an Enrolled or Mothercraft Nurse. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses.

    Tasks

    • assessing, planning and implementing nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
    • providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as administering medications, and monitoring responses to treatments and care plans
    • assisting Registered Nurses and other team members to coordinate and evaluate care provided
    • promoting and assisting in health education activities for the prevention of ill health
    • bathing, feeding, changing and settling newborn infants
    • providing advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants
    • providing emotional support to parents of newborn infants

    More about Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

    All Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

    All Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

    • $1,426 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 24,400 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 43% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 90% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 24,400 in 2018 to 26,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Enrolled and Mothercraft 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.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,426 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • 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 47 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

    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
    200828500
    200923700
    201027000
    201130500
    201225100
    201321600
    201423800
    201516700
    201623000
    201719800
    201824400
    202326300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsEnrolled and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings14261460

    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 Assistance94.0
    Public Administration and Safety3.7
    Administrative and Support Services1.3
    Other Services0.4
    Other Industries0.6

    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 and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.231.6
    VIC27.525.6
    QLD20.920.0
    SA14.37.0
    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 and Mothercraft NursesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-247.6-9.39.3
    25-3419.1-22.922.9
    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 and Mothercraft 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 or Mothercraft Nurse. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses.

    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.

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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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Physical Proximity

      93% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    3. Contact With Others

      91% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      90% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Spend Time Walking and Running

      88% Important

      How much time do you spend walking and running?

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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.

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