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Personal Care Worker

Provide practical care to individuals and families who require physical and emotional support.

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.
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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.

What can I earn as a Personal Care Worker?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Personal Care Worker is between $40k and $50k

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How to become a Personal Care Worker


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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.

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How do Personal Care Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 27 Personal Care Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
3.5

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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
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
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...
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Nov 2019
Business is good but I wouldn’t do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Disability Work
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Community care
The good things
My clients is very happy with me when I saw their face smile and they missed me whenever I off for my work I achieved a lots from my previous experience ...love my work with diversity
The challenges
They should be know about the temperature , date, time of food which one we using for them Allergies Taste Quantity Quality
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Working hours for Personal Care Workers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Sometimes
Never
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What are the job opportunities for Personal Care Workers?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
6%
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Source: LMIP. Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

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