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In mid-April, the Australian Government announced a program of Short Course Higher Education Certificates to help people retrain for jobs in national priority areas including aged care.

UniSA offers a fast-tracked Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care  and will also be offering a Diploma in Aged Care from early 2021.

The Diploma in Aged Care qualification takes just twelve months to complete and will provide graduates with the skills they need to start a career in one of Australia's fastest-growing sectors. This program is also a pathway into bachelor degrees in health, nursing, social sciences and other relevant areas.

Study a diverse range of 10-week courses covering topics such as first aid and CPR, infection control, diversity and cultural safety, and monitoring health and wellbeing. You'll also learn about dementia, mental health and behaviour, enablement and dignity, and will gain the skills to transition to employment in aged care. See the full list of courses.

The development of this program has been informed by industry, has been specifically designed for online learning and is delivered in an engaging and flexible way by specialist teaching staff. The Diploma in Aged Care is recognised as an AQF-level qualification.

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Graduate career-ready
in just 12 months


Top 5 for graduate skills1
in Health Services


Top 10 in Australia2
for employer satisfaction


100% online
No need to come onto campus


24/7 access
to online learning resources


Support 7 days a week
Get help when you need it



To secure employment as an aged care worker, you must obtain a National Police Certificate and a Provide First Aid Certificate. In addition to this, if you are providing community and home support care, you will need to hold a valid driver’s licence. For those wishing to work in South Australia, an additional employment screening will be conducted. To learn more about the South Australian requirements, visit Requirements for other states may vary.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care is not available for international students.

ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19, Health Services and Support – Generic Skills Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only.
2019 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey – Overall Satisfaction Indicator

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Degree structure

Aged Care Jobs

Australia’s ageing population is growing, and with it there is increased demand for professional support workers.
The number of people requiring aged care is set to double by the year 2050, and it is predicted there will be
about 179,000 job openings over the next five years.

There are a variety of job roles and settings within the aged care industry. These work roles include:


Aged care worker

Actively support elderly people to remain living independently through the provision of social support, personal care and domestic assistance; provide transportation to medical appointments, shops and social activities; help with personal care duties such as showering, grooming and dressing; and assist with domestic and housekeeping activities such as cooking, cleaning and laundry washing.


Residential support worker

Support clients to live independent lives in their own homes; deliver a range of services according to the care requirements and care plans of each client; enable each client to have the opportunity to succeed at the activities of daily living which promote dignity, respect and maintain their quality of life and abilities; work with a range of clients such as people with a disability, children and youth who live in residential care.


Community support worker

Promote the dignity and positive image of clients within the community; facilitate client communication and enhance their choice and decision-making processes; assist clients in all aspects of personal care; and promote and encourage community inclusion, networking opportunities and social activities; and encourage and arrange various activities to help stimulate them physically, mentally and emotionally.


Recreational and lifestyle support coordinators

Assist and support an individual in developing skills and abilities as well as managing self-care tasks that will maximise their independence and confidence in their everyday lives. Assist clients with tasks and activities to build life skills and connect with their community.