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Residential Care Officer Courses

Residential Care Officers lead personal care work teams at nursing homes, aged care facilities, rehabilitation units, adult care facilities, and group homes. They ensure that the children and adults living in residential care (and cannot live independently), receive outstanding personal care.

As a Residential Care Officer you’ll be organising staff levels and ensuring that enough personal carers are rostered on to assist the residents, you’ll also be coaching and training your people on the job. Supervisors at Residential Care Centres also take of administration, paperwork, and training records.

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Popular Residential Care Officer Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Residential Care Officer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Residential Care Officers earn?

In Australia, a full time Residential Care Officer generally earns $1,328 per week ($69,056 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only.

What are the job opportunities for Residential Care Officers?

Opportunities for Residential Care Officers in Australia are expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years as more than 179,000 new jobs in aged and disability care open up around the country. This will include roles for supervisory roles. Residential Care Officers are employed by adult care centres, nursing homes, aged care facilities, group homes, and rehabilitation units.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Residential Care Officer?

Residential Care Officers need real world experience in personal care as well as supporting qualifications. As a minimum you’ll need a Certificate III in Individual Support, and if you are working with the elderly or disabled you might also consider additional VET qualifications in those areas. Try the Certificate IV in Disability and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support. They take about a year to complete and also provide leadership skills. You will also need a current first aid and CPR certificate, and in some cases an up-to-date influenza vaccination and police check.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within aged care and disability. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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