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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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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.


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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Studying aged care allows you to pursue your passion for helping some of the most vulnerable people in your community. You will change lives by offering qualified support to those who need it most.

Once qualified, you will find meaningful employment in an industry, which is experiencing genuine growth, provides flexible work hours, and vast career opportunities.

TAFE NSW has a range of aged care courses designed to help you become a dynamic aged care professional:

Take a look at our short introductory courses, if you’re not yet ready for a full-time study commitment.

Our aged care courses equip you with the skills to provide person-centred care with a focus on strengths-based practice. This approach empowers clients to maintain their independence and wellbeing.

You’ll learn to support relationships with clients and families, meet personal care needs, work legally and ethically, manually lift clients in and out of beds, transport clients, perform domestic duties and commit to the rights of the elderly to live dignified lives.

There are many rewarding career choices in this industry, with the most popular being:

  • Aged care support worker
  • Care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Direct care worker
  • Personal care worker
  • Residential support worker

The size of the aged care industry means there is ongoing opportunity for career progression, and you can specialise in areas such as social support, dementia, clinical care, or palliative care. Working arrangements are often flexible, and you will have many opportunities to learn, grow your career, and advocate for the rights of the elderly.

Follow your passion and enrol today with a TAFE NSW Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) or Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community). You’ll learn the important skills and knowledge you need to begin working in the field.

If you’re already working as an aged care professional, or want to advance your career to a leadership role, the Certificate IV in Ageing Support is for you.

There are over 24 million people in Australia, and it is predicted that by 2047, 7.5 million of these will be classed as seniors. This is driving a demand for qualified aged care professionals with an expected 69,200 job openings to 2025.

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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 as a registered nurse in a high pressure accident and emergency hospital.

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

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

The average weekly salary 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, with increased demand for aged care and related services. Working with elderly people can be a rewarding, meaningful and important career, helping you to improve the quality of life of our elderly.  

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