Job Description

Personal Carers give comfort, encouragement and reassurance to the person they care for, oversee their health and wellbeing, monitor their safety and help them stay as independent as possible. This can range from administering medication and helping with household tasks, to providing support with bathing, eating, drinking and dressing. Carers help the person they care for to have a good quality of life.

Careers Ladder


Primary carers are almost evenly divided across those who provide less than 20 hours a week of care and those who provide more than 20 hours a week care. More than a third are providing more than 40 hours a week of care.


To start a career as a carer you may need to complete a vocational qualification in disability or community services.

You will need a;

  • Current police check for your state
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate

It may be helpful to hold an unrestricted drivers’ licence. Check with your local traffic authority for more details.

Courses if you haven’t got any experience or are looking to upskill may include;

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care)
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability


  • Calm
  • Cheerful
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Honest
  • Interpersonal
  • Patient
  • Reliable

Key Skills

  • Aged Care
  • Drivers Licence
  • Individual Support
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation First Aid Certificate
  • Disabilities
  • Adaptability
  • Written Communicator

Future Prospects

Below are some positions you may like to move or progress into;