Australia’s ageing population is increasing the demand for aged care workers.

If you have a caring personality, and you’re looking for a long-term career with job stability, a Certificate 3 in Individual Support might be for you.

About the industry

The aged care industry provides older Australians with a range of different services, helping them to live independently, fully, and with dignity.

The industry employs over 224,000 staff who provide care for elderly and disabled Australians across the country.

Due to an ageing population, aged care workers are forming an integral part of the Australian workforce.

As a result, the aged care sector is fast growing and is predicted to have a 24.7% projected job growth in 5 years.

About working in aged care

To work in aged care, you must have a strong sense of compassion and personal empathy, as well as good communication skills.

Working in aged care can be a challenging job, but there are more rewarding aspects to the job than you think.

As an aged care worker, you get to experience the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference.

You also get to:

  • meet lots of people
  • be surrounded by smiles
  • learn something new every day
  • celebrate your clients’ birthdays
  • enjoy a workplace with variety

Furthermore, beyond the growth of the aged care sector, a career in aged care has so much to offer.

What do you do as an aged care worker?

Aged care workers provide general household assistance to the elderly. This could include helping them shower, use the toilet and dress, as well as providing emotional support and companionship.

This care could be provided from a client’s home or residential facility.

How to become an aged care worker

A Certificate 3 in Individual Support will provide you with the knowledge to start your career as an aged care worker in the health sector.

You may also need a National Police Clearance, DSCI Screening and the completion of a First Aid Course.

Interested in aged care?

A career in aged care and committing to the health and wellbeing of the elderly is truly fulfilling.

The aged care sector is forever growing and offers great job stability.

Kickstart your career today by enrolling in a Certificate 3 in Individual Support through HITsa.

Enrol online or call the friendly team on (08) 8375 2800 for further information.

Choosing to pursue a career in aged care can be a great step towards a long-term career. There is always a high demand for trained professionals within the Aged Care sector, and with that comes job stability.

While a career in aged care has excellent job prospects, there is more to a career in this sector than its growth. As an aged care worker, you get to support and empower the elderly, and make a genuine difference in their lives.

Does this sound like the right career path for you? 

Read on for some great information and tips on how to get a job in aged care, what qualifications you need and where you can get said qualifications. 

Aged care careers

The aged care sector has many potential career opportunities and pathways to follow. Careers in aged care will offer a different approach to care and the setting for the care given, depending on what your job role is and what qualifications you have completed. Some of these careers may include: 

  • personal care worker
  • community care worker
  • home care assistant
  • respite care worker

What qualifications do you need to get a job in aged care?

Generally, to become an aged care worker you will need to complete a qualification such as the Certificate 3 in Individual Support (ageing).

Completing an aged care course will prepare you for a job within the aged care sector, as well as help you to get a better understanding of the industry before pursuing your career.

Other ways to prepare for a job in aged care: 

Are aged care courses government funded? 

At HITsa, we offer the Certificate 3 in Individual Support in 3 specialisations: 

All 3 course options are funded by the state government for eligible participants. There are certain eligibility criteria’s you must meet to be eligible for course subsidies. Check your eligibility here.

Ready to kickstart a fulfilling career in aged care? 

Choosing to pursue a career in the aged care industry will come with its challenges. However, working in aged care has excellent job prospects and you can positively impact people’s lives. If you are passionate about helping people, a career in aged care could most definitely be for you.

Furthermore, contact HITsa and take your first step towards becoming a professional in the aged care sector. Call the friendly team on (08) 8375 2800 or enquire online.


Working in aged care means having a career with potential job growth and endless opportunities. According to seek, the aged care industry will have a 25.4% projected job growth within the next 5 years. And in addition to this, the aged care industry will never go bust. There will always be people requiring care within a residential facility or from their own home.

Along with job stability, here are some other reasons why you should start a career in aged care.

Satisfaction of knowing you’re improving someone’s quality of life

Knowing that what you do has a positive impact on someone’s day/life makes getting up and going to work much easier.

Seeing your clients smile

Being able to put a smile on someone’s face as part of your job makes the hard work worth it. Some clients may not see anyone other than their carer some days. Therefore, as an aged care worker you provide that social interaction that your clients may lack. And clients are always happy and have a smile on their face when they see you (most of the time)!

You get to meet lots of new people

As an aged care worker, you will most likely work with a variety of clients from all walks of life. You get the opportunity to form life-long relationships with your clients, as well as their families.

You learn new things every day

The elderly are full of interesting stories. Some of your clients may have lived through significant times like the war, and they’re always keen to set aside time to tell these tales. You might hear about their love stories, times of war or mischievous things they got up to in their youth.

It’s rewarding

Aged care work can be challenging, but the rewards outweigh the challenges. Being able to better someone’s quality of life, be a friend, and highlight of your client’s day, makes aged care work one of the most heart-warming jobs you can do.

Work anywhere in Australia

Gaining your Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Ageing) is a nationally recognised qualification, therefore you can work ANYWHERE in Australia! Aged care workers are needed everywhere in the country, which makes it easy to travel and pick-up work along the way.

Interested in aged care work?

HITsa Training and Employment offer the Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Ageing) as a rolling intake. Enrol online and kick-start your career as a support worker today!

Alternatively, view scheduled course dates to find an upcoming course near you.

Most importantly, our aged care courses are government-funded for eligible students*. Call the friendly HITsa team on 08 8375 2800 to find out more.

Are you looking for training courses in Salisbury? Look no further than HITsa! We’re so excited to announce that we have opened a new temporary training location in Salisbury. The new training location at 36 Ann Street will be a temporary base until the long-term building in John Street is ready for HITsa to move into. 

In addition, HITsa will be running health and hospitality courses in Salisbury on a regular basis. Then progressing on to more frequent training days once we have moved into the permanent training location. 

Wondering what courses will be available from our Salisbury training location? Read on for some information about our courses, what will be available at Salisbury and how to enrol.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

RSA training will be one of many courses available at HITsa’s new training location. This training will be an affordable hospitality course in Salisbury and only takes 1 day to complete.

RSA training covers a range of topics including serving alcohol, laws and legislation, your responsibilities and more. Completing this course will help you to get a job within a hotel, club or restaurant. 

Certificate 3 in Individual Support 

HITsa will also be delivering Aged Care & Disability Care training from the new location. Students undertaking this course will receive theory training as well as practical training from the on-site fully operational 3 bed skills centre.

In addition, a Certificate 3 in Individual Support will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work with the aged and disabled. Depending on what specialisation you choose to study. This qualification could also be a pathway to a career within the allied health system, aged care industry or disability sector. 

This training course in Salisbury could be a great step towards a long term career! 

Want to enrol in a course at Salisbury?

The new training location is only temporary so expect to see more Adelaide courses available once HITsa move into the permanent Salisbury location.

Additionally, we are currently delivering RSA training and Aged Care courses from the new location. These courses are great job pathways that can help you work towards a long term career. If you’re interested in hospitality or aged care training in Salisbury, view our upcoming course dates online. Alternatively, you can contact the friendly HITsa team by calling 8375 2800.

When choosing the career path of a carer you have many workplace options to choose from. Would you prefer working in an Aged Care Home, Home Care or Community Care? These workplaces/roles are all very similar but can also differ greatly. The hours, pay and work environments will or may be different.

Working as a Home and Community Care Worker is a popular career path with both young and older people. As a Home Care Worker, you’re able to make a difference in people’s lives, allowing your clients to live independently in the comfort of their own home.

Furthermore, working in Home Care can be a very rewarding job. If you have a caring nature it may be a great career path to take or consider. So, here are some great tips on why you should become a Home Care Worker and the steps to take to become one.

What is a Home Care Worker?

Most commonly, Home Care Workers provide in-home support to the elderly and those with disabilities or special needs. They will assist people in everyday tasks such as; cooking, cleaning, grooming, taking clients to appointments and more. Home Care assistants will often work in their client’s private homes and tasks will differ depending on the condition of the client. 

How to become a Home Care Worker?

To become a Home Care Worker you will need to complete a Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Home & Community). This course will provide you with the skills and information needed to support people due to ageing, disability or special needs. Most commonly, you may also need a National Police Clearance, DSCI Screening and the completion of a First Aid Course.

Job Duties

Home Care Workers will assist their clients in a range of tasks. These tasks will often differ depending on the severity of the client’s needs and can be things like:

  • Cleaning the house
  • Meal preparation
  • Running errands
  • Taking clients to appointments or social events
  • Bathing / Personal Care
  • Administering medications
  • Providing companionship

Some clients may only require a carer to do the more physical tasks or get them from A to B. Whereas some may need help completing all tasks listed above. In addition, it can be common for a family to hire a Home Care Assistant to provide companionship to an elderly or disabled loved one when they are unable to. All of your client’s needs will differ greatly, and so will their personalities. So, you will need to adapt to each different clients.

Benefits of becoming a Home Care Worker

Becoming a Home and Community Support Worker comes with many benefits. The biggest one being that you’re making your clients quality of life better. You’re able to help your clients feel comfortable in their own homes, as well as help them with everyday tasks and provide companionship. Knowing that you’re able to make a difference in someone’s day will be enough to make you want to become a Home Care Worker. 

Another benefit is that you’ll be trained and ready for when/if you ever need to be a carer for your own family members. You may have to become the sole carer for your parents or grandparents at some point in life. And if you already have experience as a Home and Community Support Worker, you’ll know exactly what to do. Plus, you will also save money by not having to hire a Home Care Assistant as you’re able to do it yourself.

Is this the job for you?

Furthermore, becoming a Home and Community Care Worker can be very rewarding. You’re able to help someone feel safe and comfortable while living independently in their own home. As well as improve their quality of life and make your clients day by doing simple tasks such as having a coffee and chat. As a Home Care Worker, your job is to make your client’s lives easier and more comfortable in their own home.

To become a Home Care Worker you will need to complete a Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Home and Community) and a First Aid Course. Obtaining a National Police Clearance and DSCI Screening would also be favourable. Doing these courses will provide you with the best chance to land a job within Aged Care or Home Care.

Lastly, HITsa Training & Employment offer a Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Home and Community) and a Provide First Aid Course. Enrol or enquire online today to kick start your career! If you want more guidance or information about working in Home Care, call our friendly team on 8375 2800.