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In-Home Respite Care

An In-Home Respite Carer is someone that goes into a person's home, providing exert care to the patient. This gives the daily carer, whether this is a friend or a loved one, a much needed break, whether it’s for a week, or even just a day.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 97,400 people employed as In-Home Respite Careers in Australia. The Department of Employment predicts that in the next few years (by 2018) there will be roughly 110,900 people working within the profession.

Employment by State

The largest proportion of In-Home Respite Carers are in New South Wales, with 36.3%. However the lowest amount of In-Home Respite Carers are located in the Northern Territory, with only 0.8%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 80.9% of In-Home Respite Carers being women and only 19% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 45-54 years old, with 26.1%. However, a small percentage (2.2%) of people get into this career path younger, from 15-19 years old. Around 1.6% of people are still working in this job at 65 and over.

Hours Worked

In-Home Respite Carers work an average of 35.9 hours a week which is 5.2 hours less than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Certificate III/IV qualification (42.6%) or a Year 12 qualification (15.9%). 65.5% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 34.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

In-Home Respite Care Duties & Tasks

  • Follow the patient's personal care plan
  • Help patients with everyday tasks, from washing, dressing and feeding
  • Help to develop the patient's skills by encouraging and assisting in social activities
  • Assist in serving meals to the patient 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.