Carers in demand

The acute shortage of Carers throughout Australia continues

In 2016 there were on average 130 new jobs on offer each calendar month in Sydney alone.

Nationally the job vacancies exceed 3,500 per month.

Employment growth is evident in the age and child care sector but with the increase roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the shortage of Carers is destined to grow.

The 2017 Job Access Data confirmed that the shortage of Carers can only be addressed by vigorous recruitment of new professionals to the sector.

Over half the profession have Certificate III qualifications and the demand for career focused Carers has led to increase demand for training qualifications aimed at that part of the sector.

The Academy is focused on providing training to the carer sector in all its forms and aligned with the trends and needs of the sector.

With accessible courses delivered in a flexible manner, the Academy makes it possible for many Australians and International students to pursue a career as a Carer in Australia and overseas.

Aged Care: Challenge to Find and Retain Staff

The acute shortage of health and aged care professionals continues to grow. By 2025 there will be a shortage of more than 100,000 direct-care workers, and the Department of Health and Ageing estimates that a 300% increase in the number of staff would be required just to keep up with existing demand alone.

According to “Job Access Data” on the Australian Government Department of Employment “Job Outlook”, there will be more than 50,000 new jobs over the five years up to November 2019, and the trend is expected to grow. There are currently 141,000 carers in the sector as of November 2014. Close to 50% have a Certificate III/IV in Aged Care, while the bulk are working on a flexible permanent casual basis earning between $25 – $55/hour.

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Aged Care Sector: Snap Shot

Indicator Level
How many workers are employed in this occupation? 141,000
How many work full-time? 39.6
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers(before tax)? 900
How does unemployment compare with other occupations? average
What has been the long-term employment growth – 10 years (%)? 107.3
What has been the medium-term employment growth – 5 years (%)? 30.2
What has been the short-term employment growth – 2 years (%)? 18.4
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years? very strong growth
What will be the level of future job openings? high

Source :“Job Access Data on Job Outlook”

Year Employment Level
2004 68.0
2005 63.8
2006 83.6
2007 78.9
2008 89.5
2009 108.3
2010 121.4
2011 115.9
2012 119.1
2013 128.6
2014 141.0
2019 167.1

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