Hostel Parents provide care and supervision for children and young people living in residential facilities such as boarding school residential colleges and hostels.

    You can work as a Hostel Parent without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in residential care might be helpful.

    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.

    All Special Care Workers

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

    Hostel Parents

    • 1,400 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 69% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Hostel Parents (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Hostel Parents work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Accommodation and Food Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (50%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 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). Many workers are under 25 years of age (28%).
    • Gender: 69% 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)
    Education and Training84.7
    Accommodation and Food Services8.0
    Health Care and Social Assistance3.9
    Other Services1.2
    Other Industries2.2

    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.
    StateHostel ParentsAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.931.6
    VIC10.225.6
    QLD29.620.0
    SA8.07.0
    WA22.210.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT5.11.0
    ACT0.21.9

    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 BracketHostel ParentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-196.3-5.05.0
    20-2422.0-9.39.3
    25-3416.2-22.922.9
    35-4411.6-22.022.0
    45-5416.1-21.621.6
    55-5911.2-9.09.0
    60-648.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationHostel ParentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree21.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.0-21.121.1
    Year 1231.0-18.118.1
    Year 113.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below9.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Hostel Parent without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in residential care might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with 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.

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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

      79% Skill level

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

    2. Psychology

      72% Skill level

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

    3. Therapy and Counseling

      59% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      55% Skill level

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

    5. Sociology and Anthropology

      54% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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    1. Work With Work Group or Team

      99% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      95% Important

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

    4. Telephone

      92% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Coordinate or Lead Others

      91% Important

      How important is it to lead others to do work activities?

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