Learn about the growing Aged Care and Disability sectors
Growing industries change over time, but if you know where employment opportunities will be in the future, you can prepare yourself with the right training and experience to take the next step in your career. Workskil Australia’s ‘Industry Spotlight’ series will examine the key aspects of Australia’s growing industries, so you know what to do to open yourself to new employment opportunities.
The first in our series will focus on the health industry, specifically the aged care and disability sectors.
Is this industry right for me?
Have you always wanted to make a difference to someone’s quality of life? Besides being a rewarding career opportunity, working in the growing Aged Care or Disability sector, provides lots of exciting challenges and opportunities. There are also a number of benefits including:
- Variety - Every day of work is going to be different
- Work life balance - Employment opportunities are across a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week roster. This provide great flexibility.
- Challenge - As rewarding as the work is, there are plenty of challenges and opportunities to problem solve and think creatively.
How many jobs are there?
With the expansion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (or the NDIS) and an ageing population, there is a lot of demand for skilled aged and disability support staff. The Department of Jobs and Small Business suggests that to meet this demand the workforce will need to double over the next five years, meaning there will be over 179,000 new jobs created nationally. The Regional Australia Institute expects that a large proportion of this growth will be seen in regional areas, with the Newcastle and Geelong areas seeing the largest increase in demand2.
What kind of jobs are there?
- Personal Care - A personal carer works in a person’s home or in a facility, where they provide basic healthcare and domestic assistance. This may include assistance with life skills like cooking, personal hygiene, mobility and exercise.
- Community and Social Support - These roles engage with the person to achieve recreation and life goals. You will be working out in the community, in facilities and in people’s homes, often autonomously.
- Service Management - These roles manage the workforce and resources to best support older people and people with disability to achieve their goals and live in their community.
What qualifications and experience do I need?
For entry level roles you will generally need a minimum Certificate III qualification and 1 year’s experience (eg. placements, volunteering or traineeships). To advance your career, a Certificate IV or Bachelor degree may also be required. Qualifications that relate to this industry are:
- Certificate II in Community Services (CHC22015)
- Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
- Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115)
- Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015)
- Bachelor of Social Work
Ensure you also have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.
How much will I get paid?
The expected salary for an Aged Care or Disability Support worker is between $45k and $55k1.
Are you interested?
If you are interested in working the Aged Care or Disability sector talk to your consultant or call 1300 967 575 to determine if you’re eligible for our service.
- Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 “Aged and Disabled Carers” https://joboutlook.gov.au/Occupation.aspx?search=Industry&Industry=Q&code=4231
- Regional Australia Institute, 2018, “Job forecasts for Regional Austlraia – Where and what are there?” http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au/home/2018/12/job-forecasts-regional-australia/