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Home Care Worker

A Home Care Worker visits a client in their own home, to help them with daily tasks, from feeding through to tidying up and making sure they have a nice and comfortable environment to live in.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 127,000 people employed as Home Care Workers in Australia. This is set to increase, to around 167,900 people by 2018.

Employment by State

28% of Home Care Workers are employed within New South Wales. The ACT has the lowest level of employment for Home Care Workers, at only 1.2%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 81.9% of Home Care Workers being women and only 18.1% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 45-54 years old, with 28.2%. However, a small percentage (1.1%) of people get into this career path younger, from 15-19 years old. Around 4.4% of people are still working in this job at 65 and over.

Hours Worked

Home Care Workers work an average of 38.1 hours a week which is 3 hours less than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Certificate III/IV qualification (43.6%) or a Year 12 qualification (15.4%). 70.8% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 29.2% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Home Care Worker Duties & Tasks

  • Help client with washing and dressing
  • In some instances, clients may require Home Care Worker to prepare food and even feed them
  • Housekeeping, to make sure the client has a pleasant environment to live in
  • Carry out schedules from nurses or managers, to help care for the patient



*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.