Personal Care Assistant

Personal Care Assistant

A Personal Care Assistant is responsible for providing quality care to their clients. Duties may include preparing meals, general house cleaning, escorting clients to appointments, grocery shopping, and assisting carers.

As a Personal Care Assistant, your clients may be younger with a disability, or elderly living in an aged care facility. You may also be required to provide in-home care. The average annual salary for this role is $39,912 per annum.

Salary range
Average salary $39,912
salary range
$33,784
$39,912
$46,040
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
12% by 2020
12%
2015
2020
Source: joboutlook.gov.au
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as a Personal Care Assistant are:
NSW
NSW 35.9%
VIC
VIC 25.3%
QLD
QLD 20.5%
Source: joboutlook.gov.au

Key skills required

The top skills for a Personal Care Assistant are:
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to lift heavy objects
  • Caring and supportive attitude
  • Respect for the rights of others
  • Able to perform domestic duties efficiently
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to follow instructions
Source: myfuture.edu.au
Career pathway planner
Starting out
Starting out

No previous experience? No problem. These courses have little to no prerequisites and can be completed in just one year. Take part in hands-on work placement and learn the skills you'll need to work as a Personal Care Assistant.

Moving up in the industry
Moving up in the industry

If you've done prior study and completed some units in the aged care or home/community care sector, why not take the next step? A Diploma will give you the opportunity to learn more about providing support to a range of clients, as well as exploring leadership roles.