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Residential Care Officer

A Residential Care Officer provides care and supervision to disabled people within a shared housing or government institution. The role includes a number of varied tasks, helping the resident in their daily life and providing mental stimulation.


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Employment Levels

Around 49,600 people are currently employed as Residential Care Officers in Australia. This is set to increase to 62,800 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

32.4% of all Residential Care Officers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Residential Care Officers is ACT, with only 1.6%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 25.6% of Residential Care Officers being male and 74.3% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Residential Care Officers is 45-54 years old, with 27.4%. A small percentage (5.2%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Residential Care Officers, with 12.3% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Residential Care Officers work an average of 36.6 hours a week which is 4.3 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Residential Care Officers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (32.6%) or are at a Certificate III/IV level (22.2%). 84% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 16% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Residential Care Officer Duties & Tasks

  • Follow the patients personal care plan
  • Help patients with everyday tasks, from washing, dressing and feeding
  • Help to develop the patients skills by encouraging and assisting in social activities
  • Assist in serving meals to the residential patients as well as performing housekeeping tasks



*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.