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Ranking Australia’s most and least ethical occupations

  • November 14 2019
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Ranking Australia’s most and least ethical occupations

By Grace Ormsby
November 14 2019

Firies, dentists, lawyers, schoolteachers, politicians: How would you rate each of these occupations on their ethics?

Australia’s most and least ethical occupations

Ranking Australia’s most and least ethical occupations

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  • November 14 2019
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Firies, dentists, lawyers, schoolteachers, politicians: How would you rate each of these occupations on their ethics?

Australia’s most and least ethical occupations

A new report from the Governance Institute of Australia has revealed the perceptions of ethics by everyday Australians, painting a picture of society’s perception of the overall importance of ethics and what the actual level of ethical behavior is within Australian society.

The Ethics Index for 2019 has been able to identify the occupations and professions Australians deem as the most ethical in their actions and decision-making, as well as the least ethical.

Find the full list below:

The most ethical occupations, according to Australians:

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1. Ambulance services
2. Nurses
3. Fire services
4. GPs
5. Veterinarians
6. Primary schoolteachers
7. Pharmacists
8. Secondary schoolteachers
9. Dentists
10. Ancillary service providers

The least ethical occupations, according to Australians:

10. Lawyers
9. Fund managers
8. Senior executives
7. Mortgage brokers
6. Aged care directors and executive management
5. Local politicians
4. Directors of foreign companies operating in Australia
3. Real estate agents
2. State politicians
1. Federal politicians

Having previously reported on the over-representation of the financial services sectors’ perception as unethical, it can’t come as too much of a surprise that a number of finance-related professions found themselves in the bottom 10 occupation ranking ethics-wise. 

Ranking Australia’s most and least ethical occupations
Australia’s most and least ethical occupations
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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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