Midwives provide care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.

Also known as: Certified Midwife or Registered Midwife.

Specialisations: Community Midwife, Midwife Practitioner.

A bachelor degree in midwifery is needed to work as a Midwife. Some Midwives complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • providing advice and support during pre-conception, intrapartum, antenatal and postnatal periods in partnership with women
  • providing care and management of pregnancy and birth
  • assessing progress and recognising warning signs of abnormal and potentially abnormal pregnancies requiring referral to an Obstetrician
  • monitoring the condition of women and foetuses during pregnancy and throughout labour
  • conducting health education classes and seminars to promote the health of mothers and babies such as reproductive health, antenatal education, preparation for parenthood and breastfeeding
  • providing advice on nutrition, childcare and family planning

All Midwives

  • $2,204 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 19,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 39% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 98% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Midwives (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 19,900 in 2018 to 23,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Midwives work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,204 per week (higher than 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 (39%, 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 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 98% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Midwives in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Midwives.

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
200814900
200914400
201014900
201116000
201216100.0
201316500
201414600
201515500
201617400
201717100
201819900
202323200

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.
EarningsMidwivesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings22041460

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 Assistance95.7
Public Administration and Safety2.5
Administrative and Support Services0.5
Education and Training0.4
Other Industries0.9

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.
StateMidwivesAll Jobs Average
NSW27.731.6
VIC26.025.6
QLD20.120.0
SA8.77.0
WA11.810.8
TAS2.32.0
NT1.51.0
ACT1.91.9

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 BracketMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-244.2-9.39.3
25-3422.7-22.922.9
35-4420.8-22.022.0
45-5425.6-21.621.6
55-5914.7-9.09.0
60-648.9-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree65.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.2-21.121.1
Year 121.4-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in midwifery is needed to work as a Midwife. Some Midwives complete postgraduate studies.

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.

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 Midwives who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Therapy and Counseling

    75% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    69% 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, 29-1161.00 - Nurse Midwives.

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

    99% Important

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

  2. Physical Proximity

    98% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Contact With Others

    96% Important

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

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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, 29-1161.00 - Nurse Midwives.

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