Why an aged care qualification could be your next great career move  | Sarina Russo

Why an aged care qualification could be your next great career move 

By Sarina Russo Editorial Team

The aged care sector has been plagued by staff shortages for years, but the COVID pandemic has now caused the issue to reach crisis point.  

Lockdowns, single site working arrangements and staff having to isolate due to COVID exposure are leaving aged care providers struggling to cover shifts.  

In response, the Australian Government has pledged to create 80,000 new home care packages over two years and train 13,000 home-care staff. This commitment includes increasing the minimum amount of daily care time for people in residential aged care.  

To meet these new requirements of care, Australia will need an additional 110,000 direct care workers by 2030. So, what could this mean for you? If you have an interest and desire to care for others, there will be plenty of opportunities to gain secure, fulfilling work throughout Australia. 

Sarina Russo Institute (SRI) offers CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability) to help you get the job. This course is offered online and includes a 120-hour vocational placement to help you gain hands-on skills. You will learn what is required to support all ages and abilities in both activities of daily living and leisure. On successful completion of this course, you will be fully qualified and able to find work as an assistant in nursing, personal care worker, residential care worker, support worker or a disability worker, and most importantly, you will be able to provide opportunities for people to live their lives to the fullest. 

Check out the course overview, apply online or call 1300 317 535 for more information about CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability).  

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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