Government, Safety & Environment

Australia’s three tiers of government (federal, state and local) are collectively responsible for our physical, social, economic and general well-being. Government employees develop policies and provide services to keep us safe and ensure our property, resources and assets are protected. Police, fire, emergency and correctional services work tirelessly to maintain public order and safety. This is a rewarding industry to be involved in, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.

Contribution to the Australian economy

Public Order, Safety & Regulatory Services

Industry Value

$5.5 billion

Gross value added

People Employed


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.

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Sectors & Occupations

The government, safety and environment industry looks after the needs of the Australian public. This is a major undertaking, and it involves a diverse range of occupations in areas such as policy, planning, procurement, security, emergency and regulatory services. Many government employees gained their practical skills through ‘real life’ vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Check out a sample of the most popular occupations in each sector. Click on them for more information.

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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Career Stories

VET delivers outstanding employment results for its graduates – watch the following stories and see for yourself. You will be amazed at the career pathways that a VET qualification can unlock for you in the government, safety and environment industry.

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Alice’s Story

Working for council is really lovely, they treat you so well here, and working outdoors is perfect.”

VET Qualification: Certificate III in Local Government

Career: Town Maintenance Labourer

This case study was prepared by the Local Government Association of Tasmania through its ‘Think Big Work Local’ initiative.

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Kelly’s Story

I’ve been in procurement for ten years, and so now I’ve got a qualification to back it up and say ‘Look, this is what I can do’.”

VET Qualification: Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting)

Career: Director, Procurement and Grants

This workforce development case study was prepared by Government Skills Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Government.

Skills for your Career

My Skills can help you find the right course to ignite your career in the government, safety and environment industry. You can search for VET courses and compare information such as fees, durations, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a number of different ways to search for VET courses on My Skills.

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Careers in Demand

No skilled occupations are currently in shortage in the government, safety and environment industry.

Growth Areas

State government administration and public order and safety are the largest employing sectors in the industry. If you’re interested in a career in public administration and safety, the following VET courses are worth considering, because they will prepare you for work in areas where employment is expected to grow over the next three years.


With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here are a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.