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Care Worker

Find out how to become a care worker and work in the community services industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Care Worker is $55,900 - 100,100 annually


What does a Care Worker do?

Care workers work with people of all ages including the aged and those with disabilities. Care work can take place in a range of settings including people’s own homes, nursing homes and hospitals. 

Read more about the community services industry.

What skills do you need to be a Care Worker?

Care workers are responsible for the physical care, emotional support and assistance of people with a variety of needs. They may work in home or community settings.

  • Work as part of a team to ensure on-going care needs are met.
  • Contribute to 24-hour care as required.
  • Provide hygiene support as required including toileting, washing and dressing
  • Assist with daily living tasks such as nutrition, laundry and housework
  • Have a positive impact on the quality of life for those requiring care
  • Use the required reporting methods to keep accurate records of health and behaviour issues

How to become a Care Worker 

You can pursue the career pathway of Care Worker without formal qualifications. However, employers prefer candidates who have studied either a CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community).

You'll typically need your drivers' license since you'll be caring for different clients and ensure that you have the relevant police checks in place depending on your state's requirements. 
You need resilience and communication skills. You also need to learn how to work in a team and independently, and be able to use your discretion.
Industry Q&A: Community Services with Tom Conley
, President & Executive Managing Director
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Care worker quick facts

Working as a care worker will give you the opportunity to look after other people at the same time as using your communication and information skills.

Employment for Care Workers is expected to grow over the next five years. From 221,400 in 2020 to 276,100 by 2025. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    43 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Community services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow over the next five years. From 221,400 in 2020 to 276,100 by 2025.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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