Residential Care Worker Courses

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What does a Residential Care Worker do?

Residential Care Workers work at nursing homes, aged care facilities, rehabilitation units, adult care facilities, and group homes. They provide children and adults who are cannot live independently with personal services.

Developing a close relationship with your clients (and their families) is key to your role, and as a Residential Care Worker you could be doing anything from showering, dressing, and feeding your clients — to liaising with immediate family members and keeping them informed of progress and life events.

Residential Care Worker Courses

There are 7 courses available for people who want to become a Residential Care Worker.

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How much do Residential Care Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time Residential Care Worker generally earns $1,265 per week ($65,789 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Residential Care Workers?

Opportunities for Residential Care Workers in Australia are expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years as more than 179,000 new jobs open up around the country. Residential Care Workers 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 Worker?

Get started as a Residential Care Worker with 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 or the Certificate IV in Ageing Support. They take about a year to complete. You will also need a current first aid and CPR certificate, and you might also require an up-to-date influenza vaccination and a police check.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Aged Care and Child Welfare, Youth and Family Intervention and Disability.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au