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Employment Outlook

Planned Activity Assistant

A Planned Activity Assistant is an exciting role where you will work with a range of different patients. A Planned Activity Assistant will run and manage a number of activities which will help people stay active whilst interacting with others. These activities can help to improve their clients' mental state and overall wellbeing, which can be a rewarding feeling.


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Employment Levels

Around 55,900 people are currently employed as Planned Activity Assistants across Australia. According to the Department of Employment, the next few years will see an increase in the number of people working within the profession. By 2018, there is predicted to be around 66,700 people.

Employment by State

The largest proportion of Planned Activity Assistants are in New South Wales, with 33.2%. However the lowest amount of Planned Activity Assistants are located in the ACT, with only 1.7%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 70.6% of Planned Activity Assistants being women and only 29.5% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 34-44 years old, with 24.3%. However, a small percentage (0.5%) of people get into this career path younger, from 15-19 years old. Around 1.1% of people are still working in this job at 65+.

Hours Worked

Planned Activity Assistants work an average of 38.7 hours a week which is 2.4 hours less than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Certificate III/IV qualification (26.6%) or reached Bachelor level (22.3%). 81% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 19% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Planned Activity Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Plan and organise activities
  • Review activities and implement new activities over time
  • Care for patients throughout the day, providing help and support
  • Administrative work



*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.