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Personal Care Assistant

Find out how to become a personal care 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 Personal Care Assistant is $52,400 - 78,000 annually


What does a Personal Care Assistant do? 

A personal care assistant provides help, support and care to patients in their daily activities directly in each client’s homes or in hospitals, aged care or healthcare organisations. Most staff work part time due to the physical and mental demands of the job. 

Read more about the Community Services industry.

What are the key skills of a Personal Care Assistant?

A personal care assistant provides care for patients who are ill, aged or disabled by helping with daily activities like feeding, bathing, dressing, running errands and routine housekeeping.

  • A caring, empathetic and perceptive personality
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Physically fit to be able to do manual labour
  • Ability to make sound decisions and work under pressure
  • Good communication skills

How to become a Personal Care Assistant 

If you're interested in pursuing the career of Personal Care Assistant, employers typically need you to have a qualification in individual support. This can be done through a traineeship.

We recommend studying a CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) as these qualifications can give you the skills and knowledge to pursue the career as Personal Care Assistant - either working with elderly clients or those with disabilities. 
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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Personal care assistant quick facts

Personal care assistants provide assistance to clients who are infirmed, aged or disabled. 

Employment for Personal Care Assistants is set to have a steady growth in the next five years, as of 2020. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    43 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Healthcare and social assistance; administrative and support services; public administration and safety
  • Job Growth
    Expected to have a steady growth in the next five years, as of 2020.

* 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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