Aged care workers: in short supply

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By William Cowie

Australia is getting old and we will need almost 1 million aged care workers to look after our elderly by 2065. Today, we have an aged care workforce only one quarter of that size. Even within this decade, we will need an extra 105,000 aged care workers. Already the effects of the aged care worker shortage are being felt in the aged care industry.

One common complaint about aged care jobs, often cited as one of the reasons for the aged care worker shortfall, is the low entry level award wage paid to aged care workers. The latest reforms to the aged care industry, announced by the Federal Government, have employed measures to solve this problem:

Wage boost for aged care jobs

The Aged Care Workforce Compact, announced in March 2013, included a significant included a significant provision:

  • • $1.2 billion dollars was set aside to boost wages for aged care workers in 2012, as part of the Federal Government’s Living Longer, Living Better aged care reform package

The Aged Care Workforce Compact, a key component of the Living Longer, Living Better reforms, was developed by an independently chaired advisory group with consultation to the aged care industry. The Aged Care Workforce Compact aims to improve the capacity of the aged care workforce by attracting and retaining staff in aged care jobs through higher wages, improved career structures, improved training and education opportunities, better workforce planning and improved workforce practices.

The wage rises will come into effect from the 1st July 2013 for aged care workers employed by aged care providers who meet the terms and conditions of the Aged Care Workforce Compact.

young and old woman - rounded -miniTraining requirements to become and aged care worker

There are no formal training requirements to get aged care jobs in Australia but the aged care industry generally accepts the Certificate III in Aged Care (or similar courses like the Certificate III in Home and Community Care) as minimum training requirements when filling aged care jobs.

The Certificate III in Aged Care qualification is designed to prepare you to work as a carer in a residential aged care facility, while the Certificate III in Home and Community Care focuses on going out into the community to support elderly people still living in their own homes. Aged care jobs include duties such as personal care and assistance with daily activities.


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  • Lilly Avaso Neyaupa says:

    Is Inspired education open to international students?.
    If so can you please notify me of the total cost fees for the program?


    • Hi Lilly,

      Great question!

      We are open to International Students.

      Courses without work placements can be completed from anywhere in the world, and we have students studying in many countries.

      Courses like aged care & child care do have a work placement. If you already in Australia and have a work visa, or a student visa, you can study with us.

      If you live in another country at the moment, and still need to get a student visa to come to Australia, you need to find a CRICOS training organisation here:

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Lea Reyes says:

    is inspire education under cricos?

    • Hi Lea,

      Inspire Education is not currently under CRICOS. We can train international students in aged care, as long as they have permission to work in Australia to complete their work placements. Courses without work placements can be studied online from anywhere in the world.

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi, I have temporary visa at the moment if I want to study in certificate III in aged care just wondering if how much will it cost and when the course starts? Thank you

      • Luke Imbong Luke Imbong says:

        Hi Vanessa! The course is only $990 right now, but this special price will end soon. The online self-paced course is run all throughout the year so you can start anytime on your preferred date. Regarding visas, our Enrolment Coordinator can check for your if your visa is eligible for the course. Please click here to enquire on the Cert III Aged Care course page to claim a free course infopack and so that our Enrolment Coordinator can contact you via email or phone.

  • KIM says:

    hi I would like some information on doing aged care at home at my own pace please as I am on a pension and would like to also know will I get some help with cost as I live in Melbourne vic epping 3076.

    • William Cowie William Cowie says:

      Hi Kim,

      Yes the Certificate III in Aged Care course can definitely be studied online! Go to the course page here and grab a free information pack by filling out the form to learn more about the course. Please give our enrolments team a call on 1800 506 509 or email and they’ll be able to help you get started now!



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