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Support Worker

Provide support to individuals and families by carrying a range of household and personal care tasks.

What's it like to be a Support Worker?

Support Workers are vital carers for vulnerable individuals and their families. Support Workers provide practical support, such as helping with household tasks, filling out paperwork, administering medication and personal care. They also often provide emotional support, too.

Support Worker

Tasks and duties

  • Helping with household tasks.
  • Providing personal care support.
  • Administering medication.
  • Helping clients learn new skills.
  • Supporting clients to start employment.
  • Doing grocery shopping and preparing meals.
  • Working with doctors and therapists to ensure support.
  • Demonstrating and supporting new life skills, such as budgeting.
  • Adjusting and adapting communication and body language to suit client needs.
  • Supporting clients to develop new hobbies and interests.
  • Transporting and accompanying clients to appointments.

What can I earn as a Support Worker?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Support Worker is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Support Worker


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

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at a TAFE or registered training organisation.
  2. Consider undertaking a Provide First Aid certificate.
  3. It’s also helpful to have an unrestricted drivers’ licence. Check with your local traffic authority for more details.

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How do Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 35 Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.2

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Apr 2020
Being a Support Worker is challanging but very rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Support Worker
The good things
This is a very rewarding role to be in if you have a passion to help and follow through delivering person-centred care in all aspects of supporting those in need. You can build wonderful professional ...
The challenges
Some individuals and their families can be difficult to work with and the work can be very tiring and stressful, but I find as long as you know yourself that you have done your best to deliver the bes...
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Aug 2019
Social work is highly demanding and challenging job but at the end of the day everything is worthy
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Social Work
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Homelessness
The good things
Opportunity to interact with Clients with various walk in life and working to achieve positive outcomes feels rewarding
The challenges
Safety issues High demanding situations Multi tasking Formal and informal decision making Emotional intelligence & self awareness should be implemented at all times
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Working hours for Support Workers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Support Workers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
29.3%
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