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What does a Support Worker do?

A support worker provides assistance to those having difficulty living their everyday lives. This aid can come in a variety of forms, including helping with tasks such as work around the house, administrative paperwork, personal medical attention and more. This emotional and practical support aims to help clients and patients live their lives as freely as possible. Clients and patients can include individuals as well as full households impacted by a range of issues including, but not limited to, injury or illness, disability and addiction.

Depending on the specific role and location, support workers can find themselves working in homes, as part of community centres or even in medical clinics. Their duties will often involve collaborating with educators, employers and other medical professionals to develop and deliver care programs that suit each specific client's needs.

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There are 8 courses available for people who want to become a Support Worker.

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How much do Support Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time support worker generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 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 Support Workers?

After a small dip, there were approximately 65,600 welfare support workers in Australia as of May 2019. That number is expected to grow to approximately 80,500 by May 2024. From 2018-2023 there is expected to be 30,000 job openings.

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

How long does it take to become a Support Worker?

In many cases, you will need qualification in a field such as community services or a similar area of support to pursue a support worker job. The exact level of qualification required can change from role to role. A Certificate II of Community Services and Certificate III of Community Services can take anywhere from 12-24 months each depending on if you study on campus or online and if you study full or part time. Many positions often require you to obtain a working with children check, first aid certificate and national police check.

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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