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

Also known as: Personal Care Worker, or Personal Carer.

You can work as an Aged or Disabled Carer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Aged and Disabled Carers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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

All Aged and Disabled Carers

  • $1,265 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 175,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aged and Disabled Carers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 175,800 in 2018 to 245,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 179,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 35,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Aged and Disabled Carers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,265 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (33%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 80% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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
200886100
2009108700
2010115200
2011112800
2012117400
2013128000
2014131400
2015144300
2016156600
2017167100
2018175800
2023245000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings12651460

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 Assistance88.1
Public Administration and Safety6.4
Administrative and Support Services2.5
Other Services1.3
Other Industries1.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW26.931.6
VIC26.725.6
QLD18.220.0
SA11.77.0
WA10.510.8
TAS3.82.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-247.3-9.39.3
25-3416.9-22.922.9
35-4418.4-22.022.0
45-5427.1-21.621.6
55-5914.0-9.09.0
60-649.9-6.06.0
65 and Over5.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationAged and Disabled CarersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree12.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV42.6-21.121.1
Year 1211.6-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.4-12.512.5

You can work as an Aged or Disabled Carer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Aged and Disabled Carers often complete a certificate III or IV.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • manual handling training
  • driver's licence
  • national police 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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. Psychology

    48% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    39% Skill level

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

  4. Education and Training

    33% Skill level

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

  5. Therapy and Counseling

    30% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

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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, 39-9021.00 - Personal Care Aides.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Physical Proximity

    89% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  2. Contact With Others

    87% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    84% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    84% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    81% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-9021.00 - Personal Care Aides.

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