Starting Your Career In Community Services

28 January 2016
Aged Care Blog

The community services sector is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Australia today.  The ageing population in Australian is expected to rise significantly over the coming years.  Currently people over the age of 65 make up 15% of the overall population.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme offering more varied and flexible support for people with a disability is being introduced throughout Australia and this will mean an expansion of disability services.

With this growth in the aged care and disability sectors there is an increased demand for quality care both in nursing homes and in the community and correspondingly a greater demand for more highly skilled workers. Employers are looking for workers who not only have the essential qualities of a care worker such as patience, good communication but also have the appropriate qualifications.

From the recent review of the aged care, disability and community services training packages a new qualification has been developed, Certificate III in Individual Support.  This combines and teaches skills common to each of the different areas, i.e. aged care, disability and community sector.  By gaining this qualification workers have more flexibility in making the choice to move between areas.

If you have a passion and commitment for the well-being for others and want to work in the community services sector then the Certificate in Individual Support is a great starting point. 

Aged care and disability services are growing, therefore increasing the likelihood that you will be working locally within your own community.  You have the chance of working full or part time with flexible hours which allow you to balance work and personal life.

Certificate III in Individual Support is a qualification which will allow you to work in either aged care or disability services.  You can choose to work in a facility or out in the community.  If you wish you can specialise in either area.  This is an excellent opportunity to start your career in the community services sector.    Work experience as part of the course, helps you to gain practical experience while studying and gives you the opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers.

You will learn to support people to make choices regarding their care plan, to work with a diverse range of people and empower them to live independently.

This Certificate is the first step in growing your career in the community services sector. Employment outcomes for people completing this certificate are high.  Care workers provide social support, personal care and domestic assistance.  You may assist in delivering recreational activities and helping people who are aged or have a disability access their local community.  From here you can choose to do further qualifications such as Certificate IV in Ageing Support or Certificate IV in Disability  which will lead to supervisory roles, team leaders, community development or a nursing career.

Register your expression of interest by applying online today and one of our student advisors will contact you to complete your enrolment.

Written By Irene Henderson - Training Co-ordinator

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