Growth In Nsw Paid Care: 38,000 Jobs Up For Grabs

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30th January 2010, 04:41pm - Views: 809

press release

Saturday 30 January, 2010


Thousands of new workers are needed across NSW to meet a growing demand for disability

and community care services and to help fuel a booming sector. 

An ageing population and a rise in numbers accessing disability services mean there will be

38,000 job vacancies between now and 2014, with roles ranging from gardeners to CEOs,

physios to cooks.

National Disability Services (NDS), with $4.3 million from the NSW Government, today

launched carecareers, a ground-breaking recruitment and careers service designed to build a

skilled workforce and raise awareness about what it’s really like to work in the sector. 

carecareers spokesperson Kate More said, “We know that demand for services will rise in

coming years. That means there will be a huge number of jobs in a variety of roles, offering

workers plenty opportunity to climb the career ladder.

“Thousands of full and part-time jobs will be up for grabs. We’re not looking for angels or

heroes – we’re offering skilled workers rewarding work in providing crucial services that touch

the lives of every one of us.”

Demographer Bernard Salt said, “The need for care escalates rapidly from late middle age

and this is precisely the space that baby boomers are now spilling into.  

“Care delivery to ageing boomers will be one of this decade’s greatest labour market

challenges not just in terms of the number of workers required, but also in the quality of care

they will demand.

“This means we need more workers but we also need to build a skilled and diverse


Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Services Union, said, “Paid care workers

perform some of the most important and rewarding work in our society. Unfortunately, this

work is often not seen or recognised by the wider community – carecareers brings this varied

and skilled work out into the open. Our members love their work as it really makes a


Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, said, "With 20 percent of

Australians having a disability, and our population becoming increasingly aged, disability is

more and more a part of all our lives. Assisting people with disability to achieve their goals - in

employment, education, recreation, and life in general - is therefore not only of great

importance, but can provide a challenging, interesting and rewarding career."

Alison Peters, Director of the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), said, “Paid care

work is critical and challenging but makes a huge difference for individuals and the

community at large. carecareers is a great initiative that helps meet the growing demand for

skilled workers in this vital, but often overlooked, sector by raising awareness of the work to

be done and the opportunities available.”

carecareers advertisements featuring real paid care workers will be aired across free-to-

air TV networks from 31 January. The careers service can be accessed at or on 1300 637 637.

Full media materials from Esther Black on 0410 729 594 or Alana Mew on 0423 377 567.

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