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Skills Tasmania

Health, aged and disability services

Sector workforce & training profile

(updated October 2019)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the fastest growing industry sector in Australia. Tasmania, with its ageing demographic, is at the forefront of this transformation. This sector is the greatest contributor to the Tasmanian economy and the largest employer.

There has been significant growth in employment across Tasmania in this sector over the past five years. This industry sector is underwritten by public investment, with the private sector still being extensively supported by Australian Government subsidisation of Health Care in all its forms. The expansion of the sector has been accelerated by the introduction of the NDIS, which requires a significant increase to the workforce.

Sector overview

The aged services sector is highly engaged in workforce development and training and recognises that an aging population combined with an aging workforce and an increased demand for services results in significant pressure to recruit and retain employees right across the sector from kitchen hands to personal care, IT and other medical professionals.

Much of the workforce development funded work has been focused on attracting participants to the sector, in particular young people post compulsory school. This approach is focused on matching right fit people with the wide range of careers available in the sector and the fact that much of the work is personally rewarding.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety held hearings right across the country during 2019. The interim report was released 31 October 2019.

Disability services provide support services to children and adults with a physical, intellectual, sensory, cognitive or psychiatric disability. The services range from individual support programs, accommodation support services, information and referral services, respite services, and community access services.

The disability sector nationally is undergoing a significant change, and essentially a restructure due to the roll out of the NDIS. NDIS is a shift from the old way of block funding support programs, where now all participants should receive greater choice and control of individualised, life-long funding to purchase the support they need. Tasmania has participated in NDIS since a trial roll-out in 2013-16 and the full roll out should be completed in 2019.

Tasmania has the highest rates of disability in Australia for people aged 64 years and under with 2011 Census data indicating there were 14380 people in Tasmania who require assistance however NDIA predict that only 10600 individuals will access services.

Like aged care, the sector is focused on promotion of careers to young people along with looking at mechanisms to address the shortage of allied health workers right across the sector.

The current Royal Commission into the disability sector will inquire into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference cover what should be done to:

  • prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieve best practice in reporting and investigating of, and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The inquiry will cover all forms of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of, people with disability, in all settings and contexts.

Note: All the following information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified. All information will be updated with further Tasmania specific data as primary research results become available.

Sector statistics for Health Care and Social Assistance

(note: all information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified)

Contribution to the economy (2017/18)[1]


Number of jobs (2017/18)[2]


Median weekly earnings (in main job) [3] (Australia)


Make up of sector by number of employees[4]









Job roles in the Health Care and Social Assistance

5-10 most common job roles (2016)[5]:


Key information

Personal Carers and Assistants



Midwifery and Nursing Professionals


This is a registered profession with mandatory qualification requirements

Health and Welfare Support Workers



Medical practitioners


This is a registered profession with mandatory qualification requirements




[5] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

Growth job roles 2011-2016[6]:

Midwifery and Nursing Professionals


Personal Carers and Assistants


Health and Welfare Support Workers


Medical practitioners


Health Therapy Professionals


[6] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.

Education and training

Most common VET qualifications completed (2018)[7]:

Certificate III

Individual Support


Certificate III

Community Services


Certificate II

Community Services


Certificate III

Health Support Services


Certificate IV

Community Services


Certificate II

Health Support Services


Certificate III

Health Services Assistance


Certificate IV

Leisure and Health


[7] NCVER 2018

About the industry

Employers of Choice (as at 2019):

2011 OAK Tasmania

2012 Montagu Community Living

2014 Langford Support Services

2014 Li-Ve Tasmania

2015 Life Without Barriers – North

2015 Anglicare Tasmania

2016 Independent Health Care Services

2016 Possability

Peak Industry Associations

National Disability Services (Tasmania): and

Aged and Community Services Australia or