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Find Out If A Career In Aged Care Is For You

As an Aged Care Worker, you’ll find yourself both charmed and challenged.  You’ll meet some wonderful people, and you will be very important and influential in their life (probably more than you’ll realise!).  In some cases, you might be the only person your client will see in a day.  But the relationship aspect is only one side of the role. 

Other tasks you will be required to undertake, are wide-ranging - they cover; completing accurate paperwork and reports, learning how to keep your clients safe, cooking, house-keeping, grooming, running errands,  transporting your client where required, problem-solving and assessing the general wellbeing of your client.

You’ll need to be organised, timely, personable and respectful in this role and be a good listener too. You’ll also need to be able to follow instructions, particularly health and safety or any legal guidelines so that you can protect yourself and your client.

Job Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for work as an Aged Care Worker, and employment levels are always high due to the demand.  The information below (sourced from Payscale) will help you to see why you might enjoy Aged Care Work.

The average hourly rate (depending on location) for an Aged Care Worker is AU $21.00 ($39,700 annually), but there is also likely to be opportunities to work overtime too, which can increase your income. 

An experienced Aged Care Worker with 5-10 years experience can expect approximately AU$45,000 per annum. 

This is a rewarding career with most people claiming to enjoy what they do.  Although they generally move on from this position into other roles as time passes.  Finding an Aged Care Worker with 20 years experience is rare. 

Typical career paths for an Aged Care Worker are;  Assistant In Nursing, Community Support Worker, Certified Nurse Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Personal Care Assistant.  Care Home, or Care Company Manager positions are also possible advancements. 

Types of Courses

To progress in a career in Aged Care, you’ll need to hold a qualification at Certificate II or III level or have at least one year of appropriate experience. 

A VET Qualification (Vocational Education and Training) is the most common qualification. 

Short Courses:

Short courses will provide you with an idea of some of the skills involved in Aged Care. And will help you to add some bells and whistles to your repertoire - which will be sure to impress your future boss! 

Consider courses in psychology, palliative care, health and wellbeing, counselling or social sciences.   All of which will give you an idea of what you can expect in this type of career. 

 Certificate II Courses:

You are going to need a certificate II qualification (at least), or some experience already to get started in your career in Aged Care.  Courses in personal care, general aged care, or even pastoral care will be useful.  But there is a broader range of course choices for Aged Care in Certificate III courses.  Both course levels will be entry level for your career in aged care.

Certificate III Courses:

There are a wide variety of Certificate III courses suitable for a career in Aged Care. You might like to study Basic Aged Care or start to specialise in topics such as Home and Community Care, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, or Continence Promotion and Care. 

Higher Level Courses:

The education Certificate III courses start to expand and cover many topics such as Social Science, Gerontology, Healthy Ageing, Community Health, Social Work, and Health Service Management.  There are plenty of exciting and interesting opportunities waiting for you after you’ve passed your Certificate III courses.

Career Outcomes

Our aged community is growing year on year, and with that comes increased demands for Aged Care workers who can support and aid the aged with their everyday life.  It’s an important role.  Here are some examples of the types of positions available to you:

  • Personal Care Giver
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Disability Officer – Day Support
  • Social Trainer
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Care Service Employee
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Client Assistant
  • Field Officer (Community Services)
  • Transport Support Worker
  • Planned Activity Assistant
  • Residential Aide
  • Community Access Coordinator
  • Care Assistant
  • Community House Worker
  • In Home Respite Worker
  • Nurse\'s Aide
  • Food Services Deliverer
  • Care Worker
  • Nurse's Aide
  • Disability Service Officer
  • School Support Officer (Disability)
  • Support Worker
  • Assistant In Nursing
  • Home Respite Care Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Care Team Leader
  • Senior Community Care Worker
  • Assistant Age Care Coordinator
  • Assistant Age Care Team Leader
  • Service Coordinator
  • Transport Coordinator
  • In-Home Respite Care
  • Care Supervisor (Aged Care)
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Community Leisure Coordinator
  • Activities Officer
  • Development Officer
  • Community Leisure Officer
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Support Officer
  • Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Special Needs Support Worker
  • Carer
  • view all