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Therapy Assistant

Therapy Assistants are also known as Home Care Aides. They may provide assistance and support to patients who are chronically ill or disabled. They may help with day-to-day activities and care. 


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 12,800 people are currently employed as Therapy Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase to 17,500 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

29.4% of all Therapy Assistants are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Therapy Assistants is ACT, with only 0.3%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 11.9% of Therapy Assistants being male and 88.1% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Therapy Assistants is 25-34 years old, with 31.7%. A small percentage (3.9%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Therapy Assistants, with 11.7% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Therapy Assistants work an average of 34.2 hours a week which is 6.7 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Therapy Assistants have a Bachelor Degree qualification (67.2%) or are at a Year 12 level (12.5%). 87.5% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 12.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Therapy Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Advise patients and their families concerning health care needs, diet restrictions, and cleanliness
  • Aid patients to live in their own homes or in residential care facilities efficiently
  • Care for patients and families during times of incapacitation by providing personal care and companionship
  • Prepare food, clean homes, change bed linens and transfer clients who are unable to do so themselves
  • Help patients dress, eat and move around their homes and facilities



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.