The Commonwealth, State and Local Governments employ 17,700 people in South Australia, which is 2.2% of the State’s workforce.

The most common job groups are corporate services managers, training and development professionals and contract, program and project administrators.

Most of the jobs are in the Adelaide metropolitan area, although there are regional jobs available.

Job openings for skilled workers


Quick facts about this industry

  • Most people work full-time in the government.
  • Most people have a Certificate III or higher.
  • There are slightly more men than women in the workforce.
  • Workers are generally older than those in other industries.
  • To work in this industry you need to have an interest in public service. Computer skills are essential and you will need to be able to communicate well with others, particularly in writing.
  • Wages in State Government administration roles are based on a set pay scale from Level 1, 1st year ($430 per week) to Level 8, 3rd year ($1,785 per week).

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Business and Finance.

Vocational qualifications include:

Federal and State Government

  • Certificate IV in Government with specialisations in procurement and contracting, project management, statutory compliance, investigation and court services
  • Diploma of Government with specialisations in policy development, investigation, management, procurement and contracting, project management, planning and human resources.
  • Certificate III in Local Government with specialisation in regulatory services
  • Certificate IV in Local Government with specialisations in operational works, planning, regulatory services and administration
  • Diploma in Local Government Administration.

Library, Information and Cultural services

  • Certificate III in Information and Cultural Services
  • Certificate IV in Library, Information and Cultural Services
  • Diploma of Library and Information Services.

See courses related to this industry.

University degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Government and Public Management.

For university courses in South Australia, visit:

For information about Australian universities, visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Enrolling in courses

For enrolment information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For enrolment in WorkReady vocational courses see how to enrol for training.

For more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on
1800 506 266.

Occupations in this industry

The Australian Government, also known as the Commonwealth Government or the federal Government, comprises parliament, the executive and the judiciary.

  • Parliament makes national laws. Careers involve elected parliamentarians and their support staff.
  • The executive puts laws into operation. Careers are primarily administrative roles for policy, planning, projects and funding programs within various public service departments.
  • The judiciary adjudicates laws. Careers are primarily legal roles within the Federal Court system.

South Australian State Government is also divided into the three arms of parliament, the public service and the judiciary. It operates funding programs that support the economic and social wellbeing of South Australians.

Local Government provides services such as libraries, roads, recycling, recreation, urban planning and development, and immunisation.

Library/information services

Librarians design, develop and manage collections of printed, recorded and digital material and the delivery of information services. They work in public, private, school and restricted-access organisations.  

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Actuary, mathematician and statistician, archivist and curator, conservator, contract, project and program administrator, court orderly, court and legal clerk, court registrar, data analyst, economist, historian, inspector and regulatory officer, intelligence and policy analyst, judge, jury operations manager, land economist and valuer, librarian, magistrate, mayor**, parliamentarian**, policy and planning professional, research and development professional, sheriff.

Related industries for these occupations:

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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