Aged Care Worker

Aged Care Worker

As an Aged Care Worker, you’ll look after the health and wellbeing of the elderly in their homes or aged care facilities, helping them to maintain their independence. The average salary of an Aged Care Worker is $52,368 per annum.

You’ll be responsible for providing older people with emotional support, companionship, and general household assistance to uphold their quality of life and meet personal care needs.

Salary range
Average salary $52,368
salary range
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
31% by 2020
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as an Aged Care Worker are:
NSW 25.7%
QLD 20.3%
ACT 26.6%

Key skills required

The top skills for an Aged Care Worker are:
  • Patient, flexible and understanding
  • Supportive and caring
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to perform domestic duties effectively
Career pathway planner
Starting out
Starting out

Build the foundations of a rewarding career with a certificate course.

You’ll be qualified to work as a Home Care or Aged Care Worker and will learn how to understand the needs of the elderly and disabled.

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) (CHC33015)
Moving up in the industry
Moving up in the industry

If you’ve already completed a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015) (or equivalent), additional study can help you further your career in the community services industry.

Continue making a positive impact on other people's lives by building on your skills and gaining a desired qualification for a Support Worker or Case Worker.

  • Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)

Aged Care Worker job description

What does an Aged Care Worker do?

Aged Care Workers provide physical care and emotional support to older people who require assistance with daily tasks. These services may be provided in private homes, clinics, hospitals or residential care facilities, depending on the level of care required. 

Aged Care Workers provide assistance to clients under defined care plans based on their specific needs, with a view to improving their quality of life. This may include helping elderly people with regular activities such as dressing, washing, eating, taking medication, maintaining a safe and clean environment for the client, and encouraging them to engage with their community where possible.

In addition to helping with personal and household activities, Aged Care Workers also monitor their clients for changes in physical and mental health, which may include: increased discomfort, loss of mobility, a decline in hearing or sight, or signs of depression.

Daily tasks for an Aged Care Worker

As an Aged Care Worker, you’ll be responsible for providing assistance to clients either in their homes or in aged care facilities. Your daily tasks may include:

  • Assisting clients with personal care activities.
  • Providing companionship and support during daily activities.
  • Performing household tasks such as preparing meals, laundry, shopping and cleaning.
  • Implementing strategies for managing dementia and other health issues.
  • Delivering activities that promote emotional and intellectual stimulation.
  • Maintaining a safe living environment by minimising or removing safety risks or hazards.
  • Transporting clients to appointments, outings and social engagements.
  • Using equipment to assist clients with limited mobility such as hoists, swivel cushions and wheelchairs.
  • Implementing care programs for clients in residential care facilities.
  • Liaising with other health care professionals, family members and carers.

To learn about the skills, traits and qualifications you’ll need as an Aged Care Worker, read our tips on how to become an Aged Care Worker.

Working hours of an Aged Care Worker

Community and residential Aged Care Workers often work rostered shifts which may include evenings, weekend and overnight hours. Jobs for Aged Care Workers are available on a permanent, contract or casual basis, and may suit people who require flexibility in their working hours.   

How to become an Aged Care Worker

Working as an Aged Care Worker requires patience, empathy and a desire to help those who are unable to look after themselves. Alongside this, there are a number of skills you’ll need to have if you plan on studying and securing a career in the field.

An Aged Care Worker is responsible for providing personal, physical and emotional support to those requiring assistance. They assist clients within their own homes or in residential care, with daily activities ranging from showering, dressing and feeding clients to assisting with social outings and shopping. Read more about the job description of an Aged Care Worker.

What technical and professional skills do I need to become an Aged Care Worker?

A qualification in aged cared will be highly regarded if you want to secure a job in the industry. Courses like the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015) provide a great starting point, meet most minimum education requirements for aged care jobs, and give you a practical understanding of what’s required in the role.

A vocational training course such as the Certificate III will teach how you to look after an elderly person’s care needs and the safety procedures you’ll need to follow when working in the aged care sector.

Is a work placement recommended when studying to be an Aged Care Worker?

Work placement (or work experience) is extremely important from a skills development perspective, giving you a real insight into the industry and what duties you would need to perform on a regular basis. 

When preparing for a career as an Aged Care Worker, look for courses that include work placements as a requirement, ensuring you get hands-on experience before you start working out in the field.

“A work placement gives students the benefit of truly understanding their working environment and prepares them to make the transition from student to worker,” explains SEEK Learning Consultant Ben Howell.  

“Having documented experience on your resume will also give potential employers the reassurance that you can hit the ground running without too much supervision,” he adds.

An Aged Care Worker may also be required to assist clients that have mobility issues using specific machines, wheelchairs and various mobility devices, which can take some practise. They will also be expected to be familiar with communication and hearing aids; skills that are often honed during a work placement. 

Should I become an Aged Care Worker?

“The most important traits Aged Care Worker have include a caring and supportive nature, good communication skills and patience,” says Ben.

Other attributes you’ll need to be successful in the role include:

  • A strong sense of empathy and acceptance of other cultures
  • Good physical fitness
  • A desire to help others

Ben notes that in many cases, people who have previously looked after family members through an illness or old age are often drawn to aged care work as a career.

“Students in aged care work tend to find that the carer role they’ve played in the past turned into a passion and career goal,” he says.