Aged and disabled carers work in residential facilities or residents’ homes, providing care and support for aged and disabled people. This may include helping with clients' medication, physical needs such as bathing, dressing, and feeding, and assisting with tasks such as domestic activities and transport.

Where aged and disabled carers are employed

Care workers are employed by community health centres, local government authorities, private hospitals, multidisciplinary health centres in rural areas and aged care centres.

The demand for care workers depends on the need in the community for care of children, the elderly and people with disability, as well as on the levels of government funding for disability services.

Pay

Full-time aged and disabled carers in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

Graph of pay scales for aged and disabled carers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 3,286 people employed full-time as aged and disabled carers in South Australia, compared with 2,311 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a care worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications or previous experience with people who require special help. You may like to consider a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in home and community care, aged care or disability. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

See courses related to this occupation.

You can also become a care worker through a traineeship in home and community care, aged care or disability. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. To find out more visit traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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