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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 $45, 600 - 55,000 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. Employment for care workers to 2019 is expected to grow strongly. Employment in this very large occupation remained stable over the last five years.

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
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.

  • Average Hours Worked
    33.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Community services
  • Average qualification level
    43.8% Certificate III/IV

* 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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Get the skills you need to find work as a care worker by studying the community services courses below.

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