In Australia today, people are generally living longer and healthier lives than previous generations. Of course, that’s good news. Australia also has an aging population – by 2050, 25 per cent of Australia’s population will be aged over 65.
While older Australians are maintaining general good health, there are still conditions associated with normal aging that might require assistance and support.
Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) indicate these trends as evidence that aged care is the fastest growing employment sector. In another report, ACSA estimates there will be an increased staffing requirement of over 100,000 headcount (full time and part time workers) over the next 10 years.
In another report, Department of Social Services (DSS) confirm a current skills shortage, providing immediate opportunities for people to become involved in this expanding industry.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are a crucial component in developing an appropriately skilled workforce to deliver high-quality aged care services to meet the needs of older Australians.
For those considering their career options, the aged care sector offers plenty of opportunity across a range of caring roles. A recent survey also indicates a high level of job satisfaction amongst respondents, who identify clear career pathways to progress, if they choose.
For more information about making a valuable contribution to the daily lives of older Australians, consider a career in the aged care sector. Government funding is available for eligible students to undertake the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Aged Care.