How to become an Aged Care Worker

Aged care workers provide care, supervision and support for aged people in residential establishments, clinics, hospitals and private residence. They assist with the maintenance of personal care, domestic duties and management of illness. They also provide companionship and emotional support, and promote independence and community participation.

Personal requirements of a Aged Care Worker

  • Patient, flexible and understanding
  • Supportive and caring nature
  • Commitment to the rights of the elderly to live dignified lives
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to perform domestic duties efficiently

Education & Training for a Aged Care Worker

To become an aged care worker you usually have to complete a VET qualification in ageing support or individual support. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an aged care worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

To work as an aged care worker, you must obtain a National Police Certificate and a Provide First Aid Certificate. An additional employment screening is conducted in South Australia. A drivers licence is essential for those providing community and home support care.

Duties & Tasks of a Aged Care Worker

Aged care workers:

  • assist people with self-medication
  • implement care programs for those in residential establishments
  • provide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgeting
  • assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care
  • ensure those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • assist during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • provide companionship and support during daily activities
  • cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasks
  • organise refuge accommodation
  • implement appropriate strategies for managing problems related to dementia
  • work with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a support program.

Working conditions for a Aged Care Worker

Aged care workers work in private homes and community establishments and may be required to work evenings, weekends and public holidays, or live on the premises.

Employment Opportunities for a Aged Care Worker

Aged care workers may work in a variety of settings, including residential aged-care facilities, day therapy centres and special dementia care units. They may also visit clients in their homes.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 26.9%

NT 0.7%

QLD 18.2%

SA 11.7%

TAS 3.8%

VIC 26.7%

WA 10.5%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 20%

Female 80%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2.4%

Not completed Year 12: 9.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 11.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 42.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 3.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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