SEEK said in a statement that for the eighth straight month, public sector hiring across Community Services and Development and Healthcare and Medical grew by 18.7% and 2.1% respectively.
The other sector to show a rise was Banking and Financial Services which showed a 2% rise in online ads in February, compared to a year ago.
Despite the gloom and doom accompanying the spread of the coronavirus, the average advertised salary across the country was up by 1.9% year-on-year, with the average being $89,238.
SEEK managing director Kendra Banks said after two months of improved conditions in job advertising, "we are starting to see hiring activity reflect some of the additional challenges in the labour market, namely the devastating bushfire season and coronavirus".
"February data shows job ad growth surging in Community Services & Development, and moderate growth in Healthcare & Medical, which we expect to continue as federal and state governments allocate more resourcing to these sectors," she said.
"Nurses, aged care support staff, medical specialists and pharmacists are examples of the roles showing growth, which could be linked to future demand from the community due to the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus."
But other industries showed further declines in hiring activity. "Hospitality and Tourism is in its second month of year on year decline, down -2% in January and -3% in February, with service-related roles such as wait staff largely driving this downward shift," Banks said.
"The Education & Training sector is also being impacted, with job advertising down -2% year on year to February 2020. Roles in vocational teaching and management are contributing to much of the decline.
"Next month we will have further insight on the impact of coronavirus and its effect on the Australian employment landscape. We expect many industries to be significantly disrupted as this unprecedented scenario continues to unfold.”