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Personal Support Worker

personal support worker pushing patient in wheelchair
Personal Support Workers provide general household assistance, emotional support, care and companionship to aged and disabled persons.

Must enjoy working with people.


Role Description:

  • Personal Support Workers provide general household assistance, emotional support, care and companionship to aged and disabled persons. They provide companionship, emotional support and plan social activities as well as assisting with a range of personal care including food preparation, assisting with dressing and personal hygiene and housekeeping tasks.

Where you might work:

  • Personal Support Workers can work in a client’s home or in a private or community care facility.

Personal attributes:

  • As a Personal Support Worker you will work one-on-one with clients, so you must enjoy working with people and show compassion. You should also have good communication skills, and value honesty and dignity.

Salary:

  • Middle of the range starting salary in Australia: $39,000
    (Reference: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 2018.)

Employment rates:

  • 64,000 job openings over 5 years (that’s about 12,800 a year)
    (Reference: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2018.)

Industry growth:

  • Personal Support Workers grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years: from 97,900 in 2018 to 109,300 by 2023.
    (Reference: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2018.)


Personal support worker

Career Pathway - Personal Care and Support

People who provide personal care and support may enjoy flexible working conditions and a broad variety of tasks.
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Personal Story - Senior Support Worker

I love the relationships that I have developed with my clients as I know that I am having a positive impact and helping them to live with dignity in their own homes.