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Nursing support worker

Nursing support workers help patients with daily tasks. They work closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Find out what a nursing support worker does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a nursing support worker?

As a nursing support worker, you’ll help nurses with patient care. You’ll support patients with daily tasks like showering, dressing or eating. You may help patients take medication. Observing and reporting on patient progress is also part of the role.

Find out more about nursing support workers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for nursing support and personal care workers in Australia is $1,282.

Source: Labour Market Insights(opens in a new window)

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for nursing support and personal care worker jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan2,8583.4%590
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan2,0521.9%325
Melbourne – southern metropolitan3,1033.0%603
Melbourne – northern metropolitan2,5893.2%517
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan3,3481.9%525
Melbourne – western metropolitan2,0333.9%456
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)6113.2%122
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)8662.9%164
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)1,2513.8%273
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)1841.2%25
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)3382.1%55
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)6123.4%127
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)5983.0%116
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)3922.2%66

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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