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Aged care workers can be in residential, home or community-based environment using a person-centred approach to support predominantly older people. Workers develop, facilitate and review individualised service plans and delivery using person-centred and strength-based approaches. Caregiving careers are richly rewarding and require a huge range of skills and attributes. TAFE NSW caregiving courses can provide a key to job security in an in-demand area, and a pathway to professions in community services and health.

Enrolled nurses work under the direction or supervision of a registered nurse. They assist in providing preventive, curative and rehabilitative nursing care. Nursing is one of the most respected, valued and trusted professions. Studying nursing at TAFE NSW can also provide the perfect pathway to registered nursing career study.

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Darsi

From detour to discovery

Some people say they couldn’t do aged care work but you’re making a difference in people’s lives and that’s amazing. It’s just been so rewarding and it feels very natural.

Darsi

Disillusioned with high school, Darsi left at the end of Year 11. It wasn’t until she thought about what would make her happy, and rediscovered what she was passionate about, that she decided on Aged Care as a career. She began the Certificate III in Individual Support – Aged Care.

For Darsi, the prospect of emerging from TAFE NSW with a qualification and hands-on experience which almost guaranteed her a job in the field was irresistible.

Darsi says the flexibility of studying with TAFE NSW, and the personal touch from teachers, helped reignite her thirst for learning. After completing practical workplace training, she was offered an assistant in nursing position while she was still studying.

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What job opportunities could an aged care and nursing course lead to?

An aged care and nursing course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from looking after the elderly, to working in a high pressure accident and emergency hospital.

Qualifications in aged care and nursing can lead to a job as:

  • a community services officer or case manager
  • an aged care team leader, or home care planner or support worker
  • a registered nurse
  • an aged care nurse, acute care nurse, rehab nurse, or mental health nurse

The average weekly slary for a registered nurse is $1,289. Whether you're just starting out in your aged care and nursing career, want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Community Services
  • Leisure and Health
  • Ageing Support
  • Individual Support 
  • Nursing
  • Health Services Assistance


Australia has an ageing population, which is increasing demand for aged care and related services. Working with older people can be a rewarding, meaningful and important career, as you can be instrumental in improving quality of life.  

Aged care students have the opportunity to learn how to support older people is using a person centred and strength based approach, as well as a huge range of associated skills and attributes, to foster a richly rewarding aged care career.  

With exciting technological developments and other advances, there are many available career options within the aged care industry including careers related to nursing and pathways that can lead to nursing. It might be a perfect career choice for you – and your first steps could be with TAFE NSW.