Indigenous Health Workers assist with the coordination and provision of health care delivery to Indigenous communities.

Also known as: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker.

You usually need a certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care to work as an Indigenous Health Worker. Traineeships may be available for this course.

Tasks

  • maintaining health records and statistics
  • acting as an advocate in the community they serve, and as a communicator and interpreter on behalf of clients and other health workers
  • providing clinical functions, such as case management and follow-up, independently or in consultation with other health care providers
  • providing health education to individual clients and staff in health facilities
  • providing cultural education to persons outside the cultural community and life skills education to the community they serve
  • providing counselling and referring clients to other health care providers where necessary

All Indigenous Health Workers

  • $1,578 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 73% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Indigenous Health Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2018 to 1,600 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 average in 2018.
  • Location: Indigenous Health Workers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,578 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 73% 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
20081500
20091600
2010700
20111300
2012500
20131200
2014700
20151300
2016700
20171600
20181600
20231600

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.
EarningsIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15781460

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 Assistance85.6
Public Administration and Safety9.1
Other Services2.5
Education and Training1.2
Other Industries1.6

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.
StateIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.131.6
VIC9.225.6
QLD27.520.0
SA8.77.0
WA14.510.8
TAS1.42.0
NT11.21.0
ACT0.41.9

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 BracketIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-246.7-9.39.3
25-3419.8-22.922.9
35-4424.0-22.022.0
45-5429.7-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationIndigenous Health WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV34.1-21.121.1
Year 128.8-18.118.1
Year 114.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.9-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care to work as an Indigenous Health Worker. Traineeships may be available for this course.

You must also be registered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check

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.

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Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Indigenous Health Care Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and have good social skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and Counseling

    98% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    93% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    87% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    74% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    72% 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, 21-1022.00 - Healthcare Social 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. Face-to-Face Discussions

    100% Important

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

  2. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  3. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Contact With Others

    94% Important

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

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    93% Important

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

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, 21-1022.00 - Healthcare Social Workers.

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