Nursing in aged care - education and training opportunities

Page last updated: 18 February 2015

Aged Care environments - residential and in community - offer rich, challenging and varied opportunities for nurses to apply their knowledge and skills while also extending their professional development.

This page provides information on education, training and professional development opportunities and related financial support initiatives for nurses working in an eligible aged care service. The page also provides links to information for nurses or others seeking to work as a nurse in the growing and varied aged care sector.

An eligible aged care service is:

  • a Commonwealth funded residential aged care service
  • a Commonwealth funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flexible aged care service;
  • a Commonwealth funded Home Care Package including:
    • Home Care Level 1 packages.
    • Home Care Level 2 packages - formerly Community Aged Care Packages (CACP).
    • Home Care Level 3 packages.
    • Home Care Level 4 packages - formerly Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH-D) packages.

Education, training and professional development opportunities cover:

Nursing scholarships

For information regarding nursing scholarships funded by the Australian Government, visit the Australian College of Nursing website at or free-call 1800 116 696.

Aged Care Education and Training Incentive programme

Aged Care Education and Training Incentive programme provides payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake further studies to enhance their career. The programme can assist personal care workers seeking to move into nursing as well as enrolled nurses or registered nurses.

  • For enrolled nurses: Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) and Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
  • For registered nurses: Undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing.

Enrolled nurse training places

Financial support is provided to aged care providers for enrolled nurses training places. Approved Providers identify suitable students through their individual workforce planning. The Approved Provider nominates these students and requests the relevant number of training places required by completing an Approved Provider Training Endorsement form.

Related Links

For information on aged care opportunities and training relevant to nursing in the growing aged care sector go to: