Getting into the aged care workforce

Aged care is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. Find out about the roles and opportunities available in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia.

Becoming a care and support worker

The care and support sector includes aged care, disability support and veterans’ care.

There are multiple pathways to become a care and support worker for:

  • students
  • job searchers
  • professionals.


There are currently no minimum standard qualifications for entry-level care and support workers. However, many organisations and roles will require a formal qualification.

Before you can work in the care and support sector, you will need a worker screening check.

Depending on your role, state or territory, and organisation, you may also need a:

  • up to date COVID-19 and/or influenza vaccination
  • Working with Vulnerable People check
  • Working with Children check.

Learn more about the screening requirements for aged care workers.

Training opportunities

Training opportunities for new care and support workers includes fee-free TAFE and subsidised training places. 

To learn more, see our learning and development opportunities for aged care workers.

Becoming an aged care nurse

There are multiple pathways into the aged care sector for:

  • nursing students
  • enrolled nurses
  • registered nurses.


Aged care nurses must have a qualification, such as a:

  • Diploma in Nursing (enrolled nurse)
  • Advanced Diploma in Nursing (enrolled nurse)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (registered nurse).

Nurses must be formally registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Training opportunities

The Aged Care Transition to Practice Program supports new aged care nurses with training and professional development opportunities.

Learn more about opportunities for nurses in aged care.

Information for international workers

International workers can join the aged care workforce in areas experiencing workforce shortages.

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme provides Pacific and Timor-Leste workers with aged care roles in regional, rural and remote locations across Australia.

To learn more or apply, see the PALM website.

Additional requirements for aged care workers

All aged care staff and volunteers must be eligible to provide care. Learn more about the screening requirements for aged care workers.


Aged care workforce programs contact

Contact the aged care workforce programs team for aged care program enquiries.
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