With Australia’s aging population, aged care and community support work is one of the largest growing industries in Australia. With over 1.2 million people* in need of assistance, there will always be work available. If you’re someone who loves helping people, this might be the career path for you.
Types of tasks/activities completed in the role
- Complete housekeeping tasks (for example vacuuming or dusting)
- Preparing meals
- Help clients getting dressed and with overall personal hygiene
- Assist with shopping and other errands
- Organising social activities
- Providing companionship, friendship and emotional support
Skills you will need
- Being a people person / enjoy talking with people
- Have a caring and supportive attitude
- Great communication skills
Career options available
Aged care workers support elderly people with daily tasks which include providing support with eating, showering, dressing, tidying and cleaning. Aged care workers may work in a residential care facility or visit their clients in their home
Disability support workers make a real difference in the lives of their clients. Each day is different, but typical tasks include personal care, meal preparation, transporting clients to appointments, domestic support and grocery shopping. To find out more, visit our sister agency website, Alliance Community
Nursing Assistants care for patients in a clinical care setting and may also provide administrative support. Every day tasks will vary depending on what area of healthcare you work in but include
personal care, administering medications, monitoring patients’ vital signs and scheduling appointments with other healthcare providers.
Potential entry level qualifications
- Certificate III in Individual Support
Here from one of our trainees:
"Through my 12-month traineeship with Apprenticeship Careers Australia, I gained experience working alongside support workers and in meeting the diverse needs of people with disabilities. The practical training and mentoring from the support workers, along with the formal study component and encouragement from my trainers, has enabled me to be a confident and capable employee with a good knowledge of the sector."
Support Worker Trainee, Apprenticeship Careers Australia
Looking to start your career in Aged Care?
Traineeships are a great way to kick-start your career. You get paid on-the-job training, whilst also completing a nationally recognised qualification.