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Find out how to become a nursing assistant in community services. Get information on job prospects, expected salary, essential skills and qualifications needed.

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The current average salary of an Nursing Assistant is $41,000 - $42,000 annually


What does a nursing assistant do?

A nursing assistant provides help, support and direct care to patients in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and other healthcare organisations, often working under the supervision of a registered nurse. They help patients walk, bathe, dress as well as monitor their vital signs, food intake, etc.

Read more about the community services industry.

What skills do you need to be a nursing assistant? 

Nursing assistants provide basic care for patients who are ill, infirmed or disabled by helping with daily activities like feeding, bathing, monitoring medication, etc.

  • Good knowledge in medical procedures
  • A caring personality, empathy, compassion
  • Ability to make sound decisions and work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and good organisational skills
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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Nursing assistant quick facts

Nursing assistants provide assistance to nurses to deal with patients. 75.9% of workers are female. The sector will grow strongly over the next five years from 92,700 jobs in 2017 to 105,900 by 2022.

  • Average Hours Worked
    33.6 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Healthcare and social assistance; public administration and safety; administrative and support 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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