Hospital Orderlies assist with the provision of care to patients in a hospital by ensuring wards are neat and tidy, lifting and turning patients and transporting them in wheelchairs or on movable beds, and providing direct care and support.

Also known as: Wardsperson or Patient Services Assistant.

You can work as a Hospital Orderly without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Hospital orderlies often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Assists patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating.
  • Assists patients with their mobility and communication needs.
  • Moves patients around the facility by pushing them in wheelchairs or in mobile beds.
  • Moves equipment around the facility.
  • Performs generally manual support tasks at the direction of medical staff.

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

Hospital orderlies

  • 12,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 38% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Hospital orderlies (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 11,200 in 2011 to 12,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Hospital orderlies work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 38% 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 Assistance92.7
Administrative and Support Services3.1
Public Administration and Safety2.8
Accommodation and Food Services0.5
Other Industries0.9

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.
StateHospital orderliesAll Jobs Average
NSW29.731.6
VIC25.125.6
QLD21.420.0
SA8.27.0
WA10.710.8
TAS3.02.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.41.9

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 BracketHospital orderliesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.05.0
20-248.3-9.39.3
25-3413.9-22.922.9
35-4416.5-22.022.0
45-5427.8-21.621.6
55-5915.9-9.09.0
60-6410.9-6.06.0
65 and Over5.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationHospital orderliesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.5-21.121.1
Year 1222.4-18.118.1
Year 116.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Hospital Orderly without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Hospital orderlies often complete a certificate III or IV.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • food handling and hygiene certificate
  • manual handling and safe lifting practices certificate
  • national police check
  • working with vulnerable people and children check
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    32% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    30% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    28% Skill level

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

  5. Transportation

    28% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  2. Disease or infection

    97% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  3. Physically close to people

    97% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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