How to become an Education Aide

Education aides assist teachers with the supervision and support of students and the delivery of learning programmes. They also provide support and assistance to students with special needs, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities, or behavioural issues.

Personal requirements of a Education Aide

  • Good communication skills
  • Patient in dealing with people
  • Mature and sensible
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Enjoy helping children learn
  • Able to accept direction and supervision

Education & Training for a Education Aide

You can work as an education aide without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. Some courses provide training in specific education areas such as science, food or information technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Additional Information

Before undertaking practical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a Working with Children Check. A National Police Certificate may also be required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Education Aide

Education aides:

  • assist and participate in activities that improve the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres
  • prepare indoor or outdoor areas for learning or recreational activities
  • assist children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies
  • assist students with physical challenges by lifting, positioning and exercising, and transferring them to or from transportation
  • assist with personal hygiene, toileting and feeding requirements as required by each individual student
  • undertake specific therapy tasks with individual students under the guidance of the teacher or nominated professional
  • assist students with intellectual disabilities with the use of learning aids
  • assist children individually to learn social skills
  • assist with the preparation of teaching materials, copying and collating written or printed material
  • distribute and collect lesson material.

Employment Opportunities for a Education Aide

Education aides are employed in primary and secondary schools and colleges. The hiring of support staff is usually done by the school's principal. Jobs may be full time or part time. Contact the Department of Education in your state or territory for more information.


Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Education Worker

An aboriginal/torres strait islander education worker provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and liaises with educational bodies, government agencies and committees.

Education Aide - Auslan

An education aide - auslan provides assistance to deaf and hard of hearing students and facilitates communication between teachers, other staff members, and hearing students.

Education Aide - Braille

An education aide - braille provides assistance to blind or vision-impaired students and facilitates communication between teachers and other staff members.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 22.9%

NT 1.5%

QLD 32.4%

SA 7%

TAS 3.4%

VIC 17.1%

WA 14.6%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 10%

Female 90%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 34.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 42.7%

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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