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Aged and Disability Carers provide general household assistance, emotional support, care and companionship for aged and disabled persons in their own homes. A Certificate III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around three in five workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
- Accompanying aged and disabled persons during daily activities
- Assisting clients with their mobility
- Preparing food for clients
- Arranging social activities
- Performing housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning
- Assisting in personal hygiene and dressing
- Providing companionship, friendship and emotional support
- May do shopping and run errands
- May live in with the person
This is a very large occupation employing 140,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 60,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2022.
- Aged and Disabled Carers work in most parts of Australia.
- They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
- Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
- Average earnings for full-time workers are around $900 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
- Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
- In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.
- Ageing/Disability Services Coordinator
- Nurse’s Aide
- Allied Health Assistant
- Community Access Coordinator
- Aged Care Worker
- Planned activity assistant
- Aged Care Support Assistant
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Assistant Activity Group
- Coordinator Care Service Employee
- Assistant in Nursing
- Community care worker
- Care Worker Disability
- Service Officer
- Community Care Worker
- Care assistant
- Home Care Assistant
- Client Assistant
- Residential Care Worker
- Community House Worker
- Residential Support Worker
- Senior Personal Care Assistant
- In Home Respite Worker