Personal Care Worker

Provide practical care to individuals and families who require physical and emotional support.
Job opportunities
Jobs on SEEK right now
Job growth
Projected job growth in 5 years
Typical salary
Job satisfaction

What's it like to be a Personal Care Worker?

Personal Care Workers are carers for aged, unwell and vulnerable individuals and their families. Personal Care Workers provide emotional and practical support, such as administering medication, providing transport to appointments, offering companionship, helping with household tasks and filling out paperwork.
Personal Care Worker

Tasks and duties

  • Providing personal care support.
  • Administering medication.
  • Helping with household tasks.
  • Supporting clients to develop new hobbies and interests.
  • Transporting and accompanying clients to appointments.
  • Doing grocery shopping and preparing meals.
  • Working with doctors and therapists to ensure appropriate support.
Read less
Personal Care Workers may need to work on weekends and holidays, and do shifts throughout the day and night, depending on their client’s needs.

How to become a Personal Care Worker

SEEK Learning
It’s possible to work as a Personal Care Worker without formal qualifications, however, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015).

  1. Complete a vocational qualification in disability or community services. This may be a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) or a Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115).
  2. Ensure you have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.
  3. It may be helpful to hold an unrestricted drivers’ licence. Check with your local traffic authority for more details.
  4. To get experience in the industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer with Seniors and Aged Care or Disability Services.

Compare your salary

Find out how your salary compares with the average salary for Personal Care Workers.
Enter your annual salary
Compare your salary

Latest Personal Care Worker jobs on SEEK

Be one of the first to discover these recently listed jobs, or browse all Personal Care Worker jobs on SEEK right now.

Skills and experience employers are looking for

Hi there, have any of these? Add your skills directly to your SEEK Profile.

Skills listed in your SEEK Profile

Based on your skills, here are some roles to explore

Roles where your skills are commonly valued by employers.
Sign in and add skills to your SEEK Profile, to see roles that match your skill-set
Did you find this helpful?
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

Upskill with an online short course

Get instant access to online training for these in-demand Personal Care Worker skills

Is Personal Care Worker the right role for me?

Working hours for Personal Care Workers

Shift work
Late nights

Job market trends for Personal Care Workers


Job opportunities

Personal Care Worker jobs on SEEK
Jobs on SEEK right now

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
Source: LMIP. Personal Carers and Assistants
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK role reviews

Latest Personal Care Worker reviews

Latest reviews from 97 Personal Care Workers surveyed on SEEK.

Aug 2019
Sharing compassion and caring for the elderly is the most rewarding job I can think of and I am very grateful to be able to do this
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care Work
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Personal care/ assistant in nursing
The good things
It’s a very satisfying role, at the end of the shift you may go home exhausted with aching feet but the feeling of helping your residents and knowing you gave them comfort and companionship is makes i...
The challenges
Aching legs and sore feet are my biggest challenges however I am learning what helps minimise the discomfort such as footwear and specific exercise. Some family members expect their loved ones to have...
Read more
Sep 2023
I find great fulfillment in compassionately caring for others as a Personal Care Worker.
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
As a personal care worker, you play a vital role in supporting and assisting individuals who require help with daily tasks due to age, disability, or other circumstances. Here are some enjoyable and c...
The challenges
Some challenging aspects of being a personal care worker include: Physical demands. It can be tiring helping clients transfer, bathe, dress, and more. Proper body mechanics and safety precautions are ...
Read more

Want to share insights on your current role?

Leave a role review for your chance to win a $100 GiftPay card – it only takes a few minutes.

Source: SEEK role reviews