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Aged Care Worker

Provide daily care and support to your clients, and help them maintain their health and independence.

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Be an important support in someone’s life

Aged Care Workers play an important role in the daily lives of many Australians. Working in this field, you’ll develop close relationships with your clients, helping them through their daily routine and acting as a valuable source of support and socialisation. You’ll enjoy a rewarding career helping vulnerable people to maintain their health.

Key stats

Aged Care Workers provide an important role in supporting the needs of the elderly, and are always in high demand. Here are some key facts and figures about this career path:

  • $1,265

    Average weekly salary

  • 43 hrs

    Average hours worked per week

  • 47 yrs

    Average age of people in this career

  • Multi-region

    Jobs available in metro and rural areas

  • ~221,400

    People employed in this industry

  • 33%

    Of employees are full time

  • Low

    Unemployment for this industry

  • Low

    Skill level required for this career

Stats as of November 2021, not including any impacts of COVID-19. Source:;

Core skills of an Aged Care Worker

Working as a Aged Care Worker, you’ll have specialised skills in assessing and supporting your clients’ needs. Some of the core skills of Aged Care Workers include:

Providing personal care

Assisting clients with basic personal care needs, such as showering and hygiene, preparing meals, and mobility.

Accompanying clients to appointments and errands

Providing transport and support at medical appointments, and assisting clients with errands such as grocery shopping.

Working with medical professionals

Liaising with your clients’ doctors and medical therapists to understand and support their healthcare needs.

Implementing therapy plans

Providing interventions and treatments for medical conditions on the advice of the patient’s medical team.

Start here

Certificate III in Individual Support

Blended learning or traineeship

Employment as an Aged Care Worker

Once you've completed your Certificate III

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Employment as an Aged Care Team Leader/ Home Care Support Worker

You may choose to complete further study with the Diploma of Nursing to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse (Division 2).

For more information about studying to become an Aged Care Worker, get in touch with one of our Course Coordinators. They'll help you understand your study options and match the right course with your goals.

Why choose GOTAFE?

Australia’s 5th largest industry

Approximately 8% of Australia’s workforce are employed in healthcare, and the industry will need over 77,000 new workers in the next five years.

Industry-qualified trainers

Our trainers have extensive experience in community services and understand the skills you’ll need in the workplace.

Hands-on experience

Our courses give you the opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills working on real community projects.

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