Nursing in aged care - education and training opportunities
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
- Aged Care Education and Training Incentive programme
- Enrolled nurse training places
For information regarding nursing scholarships funded by the Australian Government, visit the Australian College of Nursing website at http://www.acn.edu.au/scholarships or free-call 1800 116 696.
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.
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.
For information on aged care opportunities and training relevant to nursing in the growing aged care sector go to:
- Vocational Education and Training in Australia — for information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
- Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council — for information on skills and workforce development across Australia for community services and health. Information is available on the Community Services Training Package applying in aged care
- Australian College of Nursing
- Aged and Community Services Australia Incorporated — the national peak body representing over 1100 church, charitable and community-based organisations, providing accommodation and care services to older Australians, people with a disability and their carers.
- Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) — the professional, national industry association for providers of quality residential and community aged care services.
- Department of Social Services Clinicians Page — for A – Z listing of resources for aged care clinicians
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Medicare Australia — for information on health professionals
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia — for information on nurse re-entry