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Senior Personal Care Assistant

A Senior Personal Care Assistant takes care of their assigned clients and assists them in their everyday tasks, from emotional support, to feeding and washing. It can be rewarding to see the results of your work, which helps to make people's lives easier and more enjoyable.


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Employment Levels

Around 141,000 people are currently employed as Senior Personal Care Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 167,100 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

25.6% of all Senior Personal Care Assistants are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Senior Personal Care Assistants is NT, with only 1.1%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 18.8% of Senior Personal Care Assistants being male and 81.2% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Senior Personal Care Assistants is 45-54 years old, with 26.1%. A small percentage (6.2%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 20-24. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Senior Personal Care Assistants, with 15.4% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Senior Personal Care Assistants work an average of 37.5 hours a week which is 3.4 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Senior Personal Care Assistants have a Certificate III/IV qualification (48.8%) or are at a Year 12 level (12.8%). 72% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 28% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Senior Personal Care Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Help client with daily tasks such as washing, dressing, feeding themselves and using the toilet
  • Carry out house work, such as cleaning, laundry and food shopping
  • Work with their families, to help them understand how they can provide care
  • Drive clients to work, social events, any appointments or even on holiday

Professional Associations & Groups



*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.