There were over 360,000 nurses and midwives registered in Australia in 2015. Of this total, over 305,000 were employed in nursing or midwifery, working an average of 33.5 hours per week. Among those employed, 9 in every 10 nurses and midwives were women; 2 in every 5 were aged 50 or over.

  • Cat. no: WEB 141
Findings from this report:
  • About 2 in 5 nurses and midwives were aged 50 and over in 2015 (39.0%). Their average age was 44.4 years

  • 9 in 10 employed nurses and midwives were women (90.3%). Among midwives, almost all were women (98.6%)

  • In 2015, there were 360,008 nurses and midwives registered, with 331,015 employed in nursing and midwifery