Understanding our workforce

About our workforce

Who are they?

The child and family support sector workforce are diverse and talented. Occupations including special needs teachers, welfare workers, social workers, community workers, clinical psychologists, youth workers, health and welfare service managers, integration aides, enrolled nurses and educational psychologists were the most prevalent occupations.

Many of these occupations sit within the broader health and community services industry which makes it difficult to determine the sustainability of the child and family support sector. However, based on projections the child and family support sector workforce are expected to grow by 24% over the next 10 years. This is in line with industry growth.

Where are they?

While 81% of the workforce are employed by non-government organisations 59% are part-time. Government organisations employ more full-time employees (64%). In government, the Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women employ the largest share of the workforce.

Brisbane inner city and the Gold Coast regions employ the largest proportion of child and family support workers (19.6% and 8.8% respectively). Regions with the lowest proportion of the workforce are Moreton Bay South region, Darling Downs-Maranoa region, Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region, Queensland Outback region.

What drives them?

Promoting and enabling the rights of children and families is what drives the sector’s workforce. A workforce that spans across interdependent service systems including child protection and family support, education, youth justice, health, housing and homelessness.

The workforce provides services across the continuum of care including community (universal) services, early intervention/early signs of need, children and families with multiple and complex needs, child protection and youth justice and out of home care.