Therapy Aides assist therapists in providing therapy programs and in the direct care of their patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.

Also known as: Therapist's Assistant.

Specialisations: Diversional Therapist's Assistant, Occupational Therapist's Assistant, Physiotherapist's Assistant.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in allied health assistance or a related field is needed to work as a Therapy Aide. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Therapy Aides.

Tasks

  • Assists patients with their mobility and communication needs.
  • Assists with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivers medications.
  • Provides direct support and assistance to therapists.
  • Observes and reports changes in patients' condition, and reports complaints about care.

All Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

  • $1,200 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Therapy Aides

  • 5,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 34% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 86% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Therapy Aides (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 4,200 in 2011 to 5,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Therapy Aides work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (34%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
  • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance93.9
Public Administration and Safety3.1
Other Services1.1
Education and Training1.1
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTherapy AidesAll Jobs Average
NSW22.331.6
VIC26.625.6
QLD17.020.0
SA9.47.0
WA20.310.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.21.0
ACT1.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTherapy AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.0-5.05.0
20-2410.9-9.39.3
25-3417.1-22.922.9
35-4417.6-22.022.0
45-5426.7-21.621.6
55-5913.8-9.09.0
60-648.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTherapy AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV37.6-21.121.1
Year 1213.3-18.118.1
Year 113.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.6-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in allied health assistance or a related field is needed to work as a Therapy Aide. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Therapy Aides.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • CPR certificate

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • 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 Health Industry and Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and physically fit with good people skills.

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Knowledge

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  1. Psychology

    64% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Education and training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. English language

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Medicine and dentistry

    45% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    100% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Teamwork

    96% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  3. Physically close to people

    95% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    88% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-2021.00 - Physical Therapist Assistants.

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