According to the 2016 Census results, conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), healthcare is Australia’s largest industry. The industry incorporates many health care and social assistance sectors such as hospitals and aged and child care.

As an industry, healthcare makes up 12.6 per cent of Australia’s working population. That’s an increase of one per cent in five years.

Across Australia, the healthcare industry was the biggest industry in all six states.

One of the reasons for the growth stated by Census manager, Ms Bindi Kindermann, is the changes to women in the workforce.

“Some of the traditionally male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and mining have shown little growth or some reductions in the workforce, while some of the fastest-growing fields such as health care, social assistance and education have large numbers of female workers,” Ms Kindermann said in a media release issued by ABS.

In the last five years, the healthcare industry grew 15.7 per cent, from 1.2 million people employed in 2011 to 1.4 million in 2016.

The mining industry by comparison saw little growth in 2016, increasing by just 0.6 per cent.