Early childhood and education jobs: the fastest-growing parts of Australia’s NFP sector

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 02:56 PM |

There’s been a flurry of new energy flowing into the community sector, with new figures from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission showing that 1,000 new charities have been registered in Australia since March 2012.

The Commission has found that the most common focus of newly registered charity organisations is education and the most common purpose is to benefit children.

That’s welcome news for people who work in areas such as early childhood, education and training and family services. We expect to see a rise in education jobs as these organisations grow.

There were also hundreds of new charities formed to benefit young people, women, people with a disability, men, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, aged persons, ethnic groups and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Twenty-eight percent nominated one beneficiary group, with 41 per cent nominating between two and five beneficiary groups.

Interestingly, cultural activities were the most common among new charities in the Northern Territory and the majority of new charities that work to protect animals are based in Queensland.

But it might take some time for new jobs to flow through; most community organisations start out small and many don’t employ many staff in the early days. Also, many of the charities may not be new organisations, just existing ones registering for the first time. However, it’s fantastic to see so many people registering purposeful organisations.

The tables below give a great insight into the new generation of not-for-profit organisations and the whole range of categories where jobs growth is going to come from.

 

Top 10 activities of new charities

Number of organisations

Education

539

Social & Community Welfare

354

Managing money

328

Relief of poverty

286

Health

256

Local Neighbourhood

252

Advancing religion

223

Culture

207

International Aid

114

Human Rights

109

 

Top 10 beneficiary groups of new charities

Number of organisations

Children

524

Australian Community

520

Young people

454

Women

343

People with a disability

287

Men

279

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People

276

Aged persons

249

Ethnic groups

202

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness

202

 

New charities by state

Number of organisations

Australian Capital Territory

42

New South Wales

307

Northern Territory

20

Queensland

182

South Australia

47

Tasmania

16

Victoria

283

Western Australia

103

 

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission