For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the Department of Health website. Learn more about how the AIHW is assisting the COVID-19 response and how our other work is affected. Our Covid-19 related resources page includes a list of some existing resources which may be useful when researching issues related to COVID-19.
The hospital workforce in Australia is large and diverse, covering many occupations. Hospital employees include medical officers (such as surgeons, anaesthetists and other specialists), nurses, diagnostic and allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists), administrative and clerical staff, and domestic and other personal care staff.
Explore more information about hospital workforce via the links at the bottom of the page.
Staff numbers (full time equivalent or FTE) include for public hospital services managed or delivered at the local hospital network-level and the state/territory health authority-level as well as in public hospitals.
These staff numbers do not include visiting medical officers in public hospitals and most medical officers who provide services in private hospitals.
The staffing mix in private hospitals is different from that in public hospitals. This is because most medical services are provided by visiting medical specialists (who are not hospital employees), and the range of services provided is different.
In 2016–17 (most recent available data):
More information about hospital activity is available in the following reports and accompanying data tables online.
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
The browser you are using to browse this website is outdated and some features may not display properly or be accessible to you. Please use a more recent browser for the best user experience.