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Employment Outlook

Child Care Worker

A Child Care Worker provides valuable support to children when their parents and other family members are unavailable. This can be in childcare centres, the child’s home, or in your own home, providing them with the necessary care for healthy and happy development.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 156,300 people employed as Child Care Workers in Australia. According to the Department of Employment, this is set to increase significantly by 2023, to around 183,900 people.

Employment by State

The largest proportion of Child Care Workers are employed within New South Wales, with 30.1%. However NT employs the lowest number of Child Care Workers, with only 1.1%.

Gender Split

This is an extremely female dominated industry with 95.2% of Child Care Workers being women and only 4.8% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 25-34 years old, with 27.2%. However, a small percentage (7.8%) of people get into this career path younger, from 15-19 years old. Around 1.8% of people are still working in this job at 65 and over.

Hours Worked

Child Care Workers work an average of 39.8 hours a week which is 1.3 hours less than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Child Care Workers have a Diploma/Advanced Diploma (29.9%) or Cert III /IV (27.8%). 10.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher, whilst 6.9% have a qualification which is Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate. 

Child Care Worker Duties & Tasks

  • Play with children to help with their natural development
  • Help children develop their skills through activities such as reading, drawing and singing songs
  • Bath and feed children
  • Keep records on children during daily observations



*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.