Aged and Disabled Carers provide general household assistance, emotional support, care and companionship for aged and disabled persons in their own homes.

A Certificate II or 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.

Tasks

  • 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

Job Titles

  • Aged or Disabled Carer, Personal Care Worker, or Personal Carer

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $900 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      very strong
    • Skill Level

      Certificate II or III
    • Employment Size

      140400
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      19.9%
    • Female Share

      80.1%
    • Full-Time Share

      37.4%

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    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 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • 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.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200564700
    200685200
    200781100
    200892500
    2009110700
    2010120700
    2011118200
    2012120600
    2013128800
    2014136100
    2015140400
    2020183400

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9001230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time37.468.4
    Part-time62.631.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.140

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance93.2
    Public Administration and Safety3.9
    Education and Training0.8
    Administrative and Support Services0.8
    Other Industries1.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.731.8
    VIC26.625.5
    QLD20.319.8
    SA10.56.8
    WA11.411.2
    TAS3.12
    NT11.1
    ACT1.41.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.45.4
    20-245.3-9.99.9
    25-3417.4-23.423.4
    35-4419.3-21.721.7
    45-5427.2-21.121.1
    55-5915.1-8.78.7
    60-649.7-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.2-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryAged and Disabled CarersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males19.9Males53.6
    Females80.1Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.9-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree16.7-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV51.2-18.918.9
    Year 127.1-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 109.7-17.717.7
    Below Year 102.4-8.18.1

    A Certificate II or 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.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Aged and Disabled Carers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and reliable.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      79% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English Language

      66% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Psychology

      60% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    4. Administration and Management

      58% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    5. Transportation

      54% Important

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Assisting and Caring for Others

      94% Important

      Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

    2. Documenting/Recording Information

      92% Important

      Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

    3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      85% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    4. Getting Information

      81% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    5. Performing General Physical Activities

      80% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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