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Senior Support Worker Courses

A senior support worker takes a leadership role in providing assistance for those in need, including those living with disability and aged citizens. Senior support workers provide this assistance in a variety of ways. Whether it be individual aid or assistance as part of a larger group or program, senior support workers are equipped with the knowledge and ability to enhance the daily lives of those would could use some help.

Part of this role will involve typical support worker duties, including but not limited to, helping clients and patients with administrative tasks and other in-home activity, providing personalised medical attention, lending support through socialising and facilitating appointment attendance. They liaise with key parties across education, employment, medicine and more. Senior support workers can also often take on the responsibility of guiding other, more junior, support workers.

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Popular Senior Support Worker Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Senior Support Worker.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Senior Support Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time senior support worker generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 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 you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Senior Support Workers?

There has been, and looks set to continue to be, a rise in senior support workers and other welfare support jobs across Australia. As of May 2019, there were approximately 65,600 welfare support positions across the country. Some studies show that number could rise to approximately 80,500 by 2024.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections and Australian Government Job Outlook

How long does it take to become a Senior Support Worker?

Many senior support worker jobs generally call for a Community Services Qualification. A Diploma of Community Services can take 12-24 months to complete depending on your study mode (online, on campus or blended) and schedule (full or part-time study) and features a work placement component. A Certificate IV of Community Services can take 12 months to complete depending on study mode and schedule and also features work placement. While these might put you in a great position to find a new job, different positions and locations call for different education, training and experience.

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