Registered Nurses (Aged Care) provide nursing care to the elderly in community settings, residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and health care facilities.

Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Gerontology).

You usually need formal qualifications and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Aged Care). VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Registered Nurses (Aged Care).

Tasks

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
  • Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinates the care of patients.
  • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plan.
  • Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
  • Answers questions and provides information to patients and families about treatment and care.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

All Registered Nurses

  • $1,909 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Registered Nurses (Aged Care)

  • 39,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 44% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 90% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Registered Nurses (Aged Care) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 30,200 in 2011 to 39,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Registered Nurses (Aged Care) work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44%, less than the average of 66%), showing 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 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
  • Gender: 90% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Registered Nurses.

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

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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 Assistance96.7
Administrative and Support Services1.6
Public Administration and Safety0.6
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.
StateRegistered Nurses (Aged Care)All Jobs Average
NSW42.131.6
VIC23.725.6
QLD18.420.0
SA7.17.0
WA5.910.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.21.0
ACT0.81.9

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 BracketRegistered Nurses (Aged Care)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3422.1-22.922.9
35-4417.5-22.022.0
45-5422.8-21.621.6
55-5913.8-9.09.0
60-6411.4-6.06.0
65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationRegistered Nurses (Aged Care)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree44.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.0-21.121.1
Year 125.1-18.118.1
Year 111.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.3-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Aged Care). VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Registered Nurses (Aged Care).

You must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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 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 Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    73% Skill level

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

  3. Therapy and counselling

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Medicine and dentistry

    58% Skill level

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

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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, 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    98% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Disease or infection

    96% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

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, 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses.

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