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What Qualifications do you Need to Work in Aged Care?

By Sarina Russo Editorial Team

Aged care is a great profession and career to work in. If you’re after a rewarding and meaningful career, aged care could be the best choice for you. As an aged care worker, you will improve people’s quality of life and make a positive difference within your local community every day.

In addition to it being a rewarding career, it’s also a booming industry due to Australia’s ageing population growing at a high rate.

Currently, aged care a $20 billion-a-year industry, with this figure set to increase to $40 billion dollars by 2040.¹

There are over 366,000 people presently employed² in this sector. The Productivity Commission estimates that by 2050, 980,000 workers will be needed to satisfy demands.³

With the demand for aged care workers expected to skyrocket, these coming years, there has never been a better time than now to start a career in aged care.

How to become an Aged Care Worker?

“Do you need to be qualified to become an aged care worker?” is a common question when researching a career in aged care. The answer to this is, “Yes”. You are required to hold a qualification to undertake work within this field.

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support is considered a baseline standard qualification for aged care support workers. An advantage of enrolling in this qualification is that you can complete it in 6 months and you are able to gain hands-on experience with industry level, vocational work placement. After completion, your career opportunities will include work in residential aged care, personal care, nursing assistants, disability support and individual support.

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If you are wanting to increase your skill level and job opportunities, we recommend students also consider completing a CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. This course follows on from the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support at Sarina Russo Institute and provides graduates with opportunities to work across a range of fields, including working with people experiencing drug/alcohol-related issues and supporting those with mental health issues or disabilities.

By studying this course, students gain the knowledge and skillset to work with a diverse range of clients. They learn to coordinate complex case requirements, implement community development strategies and manage legal and ethical compliance.

If you are interested in working in aged care and would like to discuss these qualifications or find out which option is best for you, please don’t hesitate to email our Career Counsellor at: enquire@sri.edu.au

How to find Aged Care Vacancies near me?

Aged care vacancies in your local area can be hard to find and secure. That’s where our Internship Placement and Career Progression team, Joblinx comes in to play.

As you are busy learning and completing your qualification, our specialist team of recruitment and training professionals work tirelessly on the sidelines to help you gain successful employment. The best part of this is that it is free to all enrolled students.

Joblinx successful record of placing students in employment and work experience programs makes studying at Sarina Russo Institute a smart choice. While you are studying here, we want you to focus on your education and not have to stress about finding employment.

If you have any questions or inquiries about studying or completing a diploma program at Sarina Russo Institute, please don’t hesitate to email our Career Counsellor at enquire@sri.edu.au


[1] Delivering Decent Residential Aged Care: Funding the Care Elderly Australians Deserve, 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2021, from https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/system/files/2020-09/RCD.9999.0405.0010.pdf

[2] 2019–20 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997, 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2021, from https://www.gen-agedcaredata.gov.au/www_aihwgen/media/ROACA/ROACA-Summary-2020.pdf

[3] Developing sustainable career pathways for aged care workers, 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2021, from https://bcec.edu.au/assets/BCEC-Report-Developing-sustainable-career-pathways-for-aged-care-workers.pdf

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