Career Pathways

Significant changes are occurring across the aged care, disability and home and community care sectors.

These are driven by phenomenal growth in the number of Australians requiring care, different approaches to funding, such as the introduction and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and higher expectations from clients.

Within the next few years the number of elderly Australians requiring care will skyrocket. This will create unprecedented demand for personal carers, and demand for support workers with qualifications will be at a premium.

Working within the disability, aged care, and home & community care sectors is highly rewarding with tangible and intangible benefits.

Not all jobs profoundly impact someone’s life in a major and positive way. However, becoming a paid personal support worker is highly rewarding and makes a valuable and significant contribution to the wellbeing and quality of life for people with a disability or other physical need.

Yes, there are challenges assisting someone with a disability or in aged care to achieve maximum independence, but at the same time there are huge rewards in seeing a client face difficulties and overcome them due to a combination of their own resilience and professional support.

Your professional delivery of personal support will enhance a person’s dignity and ensure their basic, everyday needs such as showering or eating are undertaken with safety and confidence.

As well as deep personal satisfaction, there are many other benefits from working as a support worker within the sectors.

Support Workers have flexibility concerning when and where they work. This leads to an excellent work/life balance and the ability to be gainfully employed while undertaking study, other interests or raising a family.

Qualified staff have several career pathways as support workers. They work in people’s own homes, residential settings or within the local community.

Once qualified, workers can progress to more senior roles such as coordinators or managers.

At the same time, there are opportunities for additional study across many levels.

Several agencies working within these sectors are not-for-profit organisations and this enables their staff to access a range of tax free benefits.