A career in individual support

​Did you know that individual support and care is fast becoming one of the most important professional specialisations in Australia? Never has it been better or more essential for people of all ages and backgrounds to get into this unique field.​

24 May 2017

Why is the demand for individual support growing?


According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:

Australia’s population is much older today than it has been in the past, and both the number and proportion of older people is growing steadily. In 1964, the median age in Australia was 28.5 years, and 8% of the population (948,100 people) were aged 65 and over. Only 0.4% of the population (50,100 people) were aged 85 and over .

Furthermore, Australia also happens to have one of the highest life expectancy rates anywhere in the world. This means that there are more people than ever of advanced age who potentially require assistance across of a variety of areas.


Individual support workers are vitalWhile there is still some way to go, changing social standards and government legislation has opened the way for a more active and inclusive life for those living with disability. This has resulted in opportunity growth for anyone looking to provide care and support in this area.

The 2,000 disability support providers currently operating in Australia are constantly pushing for more funding and training solutions, boosting the potential careers for disability-focused carers.

What are the actual job opportunities?

According to the Australian Federal Government’s Job Outlook research, the overall demand for new nursing support and personal care workers is predicted to grow beyond 50,000 job openings by 2020. But this is just scratching the surface when it comes to demand in the sector. As it turns out, the same level of growth in job openings is also expected for aged and disabled carer roles.

Further Government research points to an increased focus on new talent in the industry. Care facilities and support organisations are looking for staff with a new outlook and a fresh set of skills to match the unique needs of an increasingly diverse group of patients.

Why get into the field?

We won’t lie working in either aged care or disability services as an individual support worker is not always easy. There will be trying days and more than a few challenges.

But guess what? This career will allow you to give peace of mind to and care for others at their most vulnerable, day after day. You can make a difference in the lives of others.

TAFE Queensland has a range of courses available to get you skilled and job ready for this industry. Visit our website or call 1300 308 233 for more information.

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