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In 2017, 15% of Australians (3.8 million) were aged 65 and over and this proportion is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades.

The projected increase in the numbers of older people is based on two well known facts:

  • the decreased fertility rate of Australian women, and
  • the ‘baby boom’ generation who were born in the late 1940s and early 1950s who will reach retirement age during the period 2011 – 2021.

People are also living longer, with the number of people over 80 years of age growing. In 1987 there were 0.3 million Australians over 80, with that number predicted to be closer to 1.3 million by 2031.

The demand for workers caring and supporting older adults and people with a disability are expected to grow strongly in the next 5 years leading to 2022, with 184,000 expected job openings during the period. Now has never been a better time to start your career in aged care.

Interested in learning more about the aged care opportunity and looking to kickstart your career in aged care? Check out our extensive aged care courses. Online Courses Australia offers dozens of aged care courses online including Supporting People with Dementia. 

Why study aged care?

In aged and community care careers you make a real difference to people's lives every single day. With your kindness and compassion, you become a beacon of hope to those who are struggling and vulnerable. It's incredibly rewarding! 

Working in aged care equals diversity, flexibility and a variety of roles. Our professional development short course (followed by formal qualifications) can lead to a career in the following roles:  Assistant in Nursing (AIN), a Personal Care Assistant, Home Care Worker, Community Care Worker, Community Support Worker or a Program Coordinator.

An ageing population, and a growing demand for health care and social assistance, community services based roles are driving job growth with ABS Labour Force Survey reporting the number of Aged and Disabled Carers expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years from 175,800 in 2018 to 245,000 by 2023.

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