Career opportunities in aged care: how to become an aged care worker

The Aged Care industry in Australia is showing what could only be described as a spectacular growth rate. According to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Aged Care sector has grown by a staggering 46% over the last decade and there are now over 253,000 government-subsidised Aged Care places.

In the next 5 years, Australia will build 705 Aged Care establishments, which means there will be 141 Aged Care establishments opening per year, 2.7 establishments per week!”

careers in aged care - sage instituteThe IBIS Industry Review also presents some eye opening statistics:

Residential Establishment Growth (Aged Care facilities)

  • Residential Aged Care establishments in Australia 2013-2014: 2,785
  • Forecasted Residential Aged Care establishments in Australia 2018-2019: 3,488

In the next five years, Australia will build 705 Aged Care establishments, which equates to 141 Aged Care establishments opening per year or  2.7 per week.

Employment (Growth)

  • Employees in Aged Care in Australia 2013-2014: 102,195
  • Forecasted employees in Aged Care 2018-2019: 134,269

jobs in aged care industry - sage instituteIn the next five years, it is estimated that Australia will need 32,074 more Aged Care workers. That means the industry will require an average of 6,414 new jobs per year or 123 per week.

Career Agent, George Dalakouras, at Sage Institute of Aged Care notes that “The above is a summary of the industry, so not all 123 new workers we will be personal care assistants. However, the growth of employment in general over the next five years is enormous.”

Where do most Aged Care graduates seek employment after qualification?

Aged Care facilities

 “There are two main avenues for students to get employment. The first is within an Aged Care facility,” explains George.

“An Aged Care facility is where residents live full-time. This becomes their home. It is for people who can no longer maintain their own property or lifestyle because they are getting too old to maintain their independence. Graduates in Cert III need to complete 120 hours in an Aged Care facility, and the pathway from placement to employment is significantly higher. Graduates work as Personal Care Assistants (PCA) when employed.”

careers in aged care in australia

Home Care and Community Care

“The second avenue for employment is in Home Care or Community Care. Many students study an Aged Care course to get into Home Care. Working in Home Care is a good career choice, especially for those people who are looking for casual work around a busy life schedule. Graduates of our course work all over Melbourne and at all times of the day, with shifts being very flexible.”

Whether you seek to work in the secure and steady environment of an Aged Care facility, or enjoy the flexibility and diversity of Home Care, statistics clearly show that whichever path you choose, Australia offers abundant employment opportunities in the Aged Care sector.

Becoming an Aged Care Worker

The best way to become an aged care worker is get qualified. Sage offers a 10 month Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) at its campuses in metropolitan and regional Victoria including Melbourne CBD, (right beside Southern Cross Station), Elsternwick, Oakleigh and Geelong. This industry leading course is taught by real world practitioners, experts in their field, who will give you the training you need to make a success of your new career in aged care. The course includes over 120 hours of supervised practical placement at an aged care facility, giving you all the experience and confidence you need. Eligible students may qualify for government funding. If you feel ready to make a difference to the lives of the elderly and become an aged care worker, call Sage now on 1300 993 993.

Sage Aged Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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