Proportion of total employment by industry

Employment is concentrated in industries that service households, accounting for over one-third of total employment in Victoria.

Health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, construction, and education and training were the largest industries, accounting for 53.9% of total employment (Table 1.1). This has remained relatively constant over the past two years.

Table 1.1: Proportion of total employment by industry Victoria (May 2023)

Household services35.4%Health care and social assistance15.4%
Household servicesn/aEducation and training8.1%
Household servicesn/aAccommodation and food services6.4%
Household servicesn/aOther services


Household servicesn/aArts and recreation services2.0%
Business services20.7%Professional, scientific and technical services10.9%
Business servicesn/aFinancial and insurance services4.2%
Business servicesn/aAdministrative and support services2.6%
Business servicesn/aInformation media and telecommunications1.6%
Business servicesn/aRental, hiring and real estate services1.4%
Goods production21.3%Construction9.7%
Goods productionn/aManufacturing7.9%
Goods productionn/aAgriculture, forestry and fishing 2.2%
Goods productionn/aElectricity, gas, water and waste services 1.2%
Goods productionn/aMining0.3%
Other17.6%Public administration and safety5.0%

Note: the Victorian Skills Authority defined these sectors.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, May 2023.