Nursing Support Workers provide limited patient care under the direction of nursing staff.

Also known as: Assistant in Nursing.

Specialisations: Paramedical Aide.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in health services assistance is needed to work as a Nursing Support Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Nursing Support Workers.

Tasks

  • Assists patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating.
  • Assists patients with their mobility and communication needs.
  • Participates in planning the care of individuals.
  • Follows therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems.
  • Observes and reports changes in patients' conditions, and reports complaints about care.
  • Assists with rehabilitation exercises.
  • Provides basic treatment and delivery of medications.

More about Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

All Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

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

Nursing Support Workers

  • 36,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 35% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 85% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Nursing Support Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 26,600 in 2011 to 36,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Many Nursing Support Workers work in New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (35%, 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 85% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Assistance95.6
Administrative and Support Services2.5
Public Administration and Safety0.8
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.7

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.
StateNursing Support WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW54.031.6
VIC3.325.6
QLD32.120.0
SA1.17.0
WA7.610.8
TAS0.52.0
NT0.11.0
ACT1.21.9

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 BracketNursing Support WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.7-5.05.0
20-2412.8-9.39.3
25-3425.4-22.922.9
35-4419.5-22.022.0
45-5421.5-21.621.6
55-599.6-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationNursing Support WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree16.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV42.0-21.121.1
Year 1214.0-18.118.1
Year 111.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.8-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in health services assistance is needed to work as a Nursing Support Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Nursing Support Workers.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • food handling and hygiene certificate
  • manual handling and safe lifting practices certificate
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • working with vulnerable people and 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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Useful links and resources


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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

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    62% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Medicine and Dentistry

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    43% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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

  2. Physical Proximity

    93% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Contact With Others

    91% Important

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

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    90% Important

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

  5. Spend Time Walking and Running

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend walking and running?

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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, 31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants.

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