Child or Youth Residential Care Assistants provide care and supervision for children and young people living in residential or institutional facilities such as group homes and correctional institutions.

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in community services, social services, or child, youth, and family intervention to work as a Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant.

    Tasks

    • Plans and implements programmes of supervision and care for children in residential care.
    • Supervises and arranges activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in residential care.
    • Wakes children and ensures they are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities.
    • Supervises children during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering.
    • Maintains discipline, enforces regulations and behaviour standards, compiles disciplinary reports and assists in implementing remedial measures.

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    • $1,341 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Child and Youth Residential Care Assistants

    • 890 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 66% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Child and Youth Residential Care Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 840 in 2011 to 890 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Child and Youth Residential Care Assistants work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 66% 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 Assistance79.1
    Public Administration and Safety12.1
    Administrative and Support Services3.0
    Education and Training2.7
    Other Industries3.1

    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.
    StateChild and Youth Residential Care AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW16.931.6
    VIC42.625.6
    QLD16.320.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA10.710.8
    TAS0.32.0
    NT5.11.0
    ACT2.61.9

    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 BracketChild and Youth Residential Care AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-2414.5-9.39.3
    25-3435.3-22.922.9
    35-4420.0-22.022.0
    45-5420.2-21.621.6
    55-595.3-9.09.0
    60-642.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationChild and Youth Residential Care AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree17.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma30.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.0-21.121.1
    Year 1214.5-18.118.1
    Year 113.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in community services, social services, or child, youth, and family intervention to work as a Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

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    Employers look for Special Care Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and communicate clearly, with strong people skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      55% Skill level

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

    2. Education and training

      44% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      42% Skill level

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

    4. Clerical

      37% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English language

      33% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Teamwork

      97% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    2. Contact with people

      92% Important

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

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Physically close to people

      91% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      85% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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