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Employment Outlook

In-Home Respite Provider

An In-Home Respite Provider is someone that will go to a home and provide care and support to a person in need. This not only helps the person in need, but also their loved ones, often giving them a much needed break.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 97,400 people employed as In-Home Respite Providers in Australia. According to the Department of Employment, the next few years will see an increase in people within the profession. By 2018, there could be around 110,900 people.

Employment by State

The largest proportion of In-Home Respite Providers are in New South Wales, with 36.3%. However the lowest amount of In-Home Respite Providers 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 Providers 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+.

Hours Worked

In-Home Respite Providers 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 In-Home Respite Providers 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 Provider Duties & Tasks

  • Follow the patient’s 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 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.