Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses
Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities and in the community, and assist parents in providing care to newborn infants under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Midwife.
assessing, planning and implementing nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as administering medications, and monitoring responses to treatments and care plans
assisting Registered Nurses and other team members to coordinate and evaluate care provided
promoting and assisting in health education activities for the prevention of ill health
bathing, feeding, changing and settling newborn infants
providing advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants
providing emotional support to parents of newborn infants
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 43% of people employed as Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,312 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,129
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,794
Median hourly earnings are $37, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Most Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses||All Jobs Average|
Around 51% of Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
South Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses is 47 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 90% of the workforce. This is 42 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A diploma or advanced diploma in nursing and clinical experience is usually needed to work as an Enrolled or Mothercraft Nurse.
Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Community Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.4||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses who interact well with others, are flexible, independent and are responsible.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
29%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using maths to solve problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
46%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
43%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
37%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
35%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
31%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
28%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
27%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
24%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
22%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
22%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
19%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Read and understand written information.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are far away.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
75%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
71%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
63%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
62%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
56%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
52%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
49%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
48%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
46%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
45%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
43%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
42%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
42%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
42%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
42%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
40%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
39%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
38%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
29%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
88%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
86%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
86%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
83%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
82%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
77%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
76%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
76%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
75%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
74%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Work to strict deadlines.
70%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
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