Child Carers provide care and supervision for children in residential homes and non-residential childcare centres.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. For Child Care Workers, either a Certificate III or Diploma is required to meet Government regulations. Registration or licensing may be required and additional certificates may also be necessary.

Tasks

  • assisting in the preparation of materials and equipment for children's education and recreational activities
  • managing children's behaviour and guiding children's social development
  • preparing and conducting activities for children
  • entertaining children by reading and playing games
  • supervising children in recreational activities
  • supervising the daily routine of children
  • supervising the hygiene of children

Job Titles

  • Child Care Worker
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Nanny
  • Out of School Hours Care Worker
  • Child Care Worker (also called Child Care Aide)

    Provides care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Child Care Group Leader, Children's Nursery Assistant, Creche Attendant, Early Childhood Worker

  • Family Day Care Worker (also called Family Day Carer)

    Provides care and supervision for babies and children, usually in the carer's own home and under local government or community-based schemes. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Nanny

    Assists parents in the provision of ongoing care and supervision for babies and children, usually in the child's home.

  • Out of School Hours Care Worker

    Provides care for school age children in an out of school hours care program. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • $800 Weekly Pay
  • 156,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 49.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.9 hours Average full-time
  • 32.5 years Average age
  • 95.2% female Gender Share

The number of Child Carers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 156,300 in 2018 to 183,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 184,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 36,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Child Carers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $800 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (49.1%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27.9%).
  • Gender: 95.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
2008100100
2009106800
2010109100
2011106400
2012106600
2013123500
2014129800
2015147100
2016146100
2017148400
2018156300
2023183900

Weekly Earnings

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.
EarningsChild CarersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8001230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance75.1
Education and Training15.7
Other Services6.2
Arts and Recreation Services1.7
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 2017, 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.
StateChild CarersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.131.6
VIC27.526.2
QLD23.619.7
SA5.26.7
WA8.510.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.11.1
ACT2.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketChild CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.8-5.25.2
20-2420.1-9.99.9
25-3427.2-23.623.6
35-4419.1-21.721.7
45-5414.9-20.820.8
55-595.2-8.88.8
60-643.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.8-4.04.0

Education Level

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 QualificationChild CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.9-8.68.6
Bachelor degree10.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma29.9-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV27.8-18.918.9
Year 1217.1-18.718.7
Years 11 & 106.1-17.717.7
Below Year 101.9-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in these occupations. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. For Child Care Workers, either a Certificate III or Diploma is required to meet Government regulations. Registration or licensing may be required and additional certificates may also be necessary.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Child Carers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic, and interact well with others.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

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

  2. Psychology

    65% 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.

  3. Education and Training

    63% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  4. English Language

    63% Important

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    56% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    92% Important

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

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    78% Important

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

  3. Getting Information

    73% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Training and Teaching Others

    73% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    73% 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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