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Aged Care Worker

VOC Course Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Police Check First Aid Licence

Also known as Care Service Worker, Home Care Worker, Nursing Assistant (Aged Care), Personal Care Worker (Aged Care) and Residential Care Worker.

Aged care workers provide care, supervision and support for aged people in residential establishments, clinics, hospitals and private residence.

Aged care workers assist with the maintenance of personal care, domestic duties and management of illness.

They also provide companionship and emotional support, and promote independence and community participation.

Aged care workers work in private homes and community establishments.

They may be required to work evenings, weekends and public holidays and may be required to live on the premises.

Some positions may be casual.


    Aged care workers may perform the following tasks:

  • assist people with self-medication
  • implement care programmes for those in residential establishments
  • provide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgeting
  • assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care
  • ensure those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • assist during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • provide companionship and support during daily activities
  • cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasks
  • organise refuge accommodation
  • implement appropriate strategies for managing problems related to dementia
  • work with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a programme of support


  • patient, flexible and understanding
  • supportive and caring nature
  • commitment to the rights of the elderly to live dignified lives
  • able to accept responsibility
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to perform domestic duties efficiently
Very Good Outlook
Very Good Outlook for this career!

Interest Area

Helping/Community Service Medical


VOC Course Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Police Check First Aid Licence

To become an aged care worker you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in aged care or home and community care. 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.

You can also become an aged care worker through a traineeship in Aged Care or Home and Community Care.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    To work as an aged care worker in NSW and the ACT, you must obtain a National Police Certificate and a Provide First Aid Certificate.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Community Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

    A drivers licence is essential for those providing community and home support care.


Aged care workers may work in a variety of settings, including residential aged-care facilities, day therapy centres and special dementia care units. They may visit clients in their homes.

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