Health & Community Services

Health and community services is Australia’s second largest employing industry – and growing. It delivers a range of medical, residential and social assistance services to support us all, and it is also responsible for the well-being of our communities. New models of care and technological advances are changing the way we work, and Australian businesses are seeking to employ skilled professionals to keep pace. This is a rich and rewarding industry to be involved in, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.

Contribution to the Australian economy

Health & Community Services

Industry Value

$79.5 billion

Gross value added

People Employed


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.

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Sectors & Occupations

The health and community services industry is responsible for the wellness and well-being of all Australians. This is a significant task, and it involves a diverse range of occupations in areas such as child care, aged care, primary care, mental health and disability. Many of the people who provide these services gained their practical skills through ‘real life’ vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Check out a sample of the most popular occupations in each sector. Click on them for more information.

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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Career Stories

VET delivers outstanding employment results for its graduates – watch the following stories and see for yourself. You will be amazed at the career pathways that a VET qualification can unlock for you in the health and community services industry.

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Brendan’s Story

The VET training sector is always a great stepping stone into further training.”

VET Qualification: Certificate IV in Youth Work

Career: Youth Worker

Brendan was working in youth services and wanted to further his knowledge of the sector, so he undertook a VET qualification in youth work at age 46. The qualification provided him with a professional grounding in youth work, and he hopes to continue his learning journey by completing a Bachelor of Social Work in the future.

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Caitlin's Story

“My Australian School-based Apprenticeship prepared me to become a nurse. I learned exactly what is required in a health-related job which grew my passion for caring for the elderly.”

VET Qualification: Certificate III in Aged Care

Career: Aged Care Worker

Caitlin Maher quickly realised the health industry was for her after starting a two-year vocational education and training course in allied health during Year 10. She later asked her careers advisor at her school how to develop her knowledge and skills, which resulted in an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with Blue Cross Willowmeade aged care residence while she completed her Year 12 Certificate.

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Nicola’s Story

My family were very proud of me and now all these years later, I am an Enrolled Nurse and I’m loving it.

VET Qualification: Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Career: Enrolled Nurse

Nicola Lang never dreamt that she would undergo a complete career change in her late 40s. After completing a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) at TAFE Queensland South West, Nicola is now in her dream job as an enrolled nurse at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital.

Skills for your Career

My Skills can help you find the right course to ignite your career in the health and community services industry. You can search for VET courses and compare information such as fees, durations, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a number of different ways to search for VET courses on My Skills.

Course Search

Search for keywords in course titles, such as ‘nursing’ or ‘child care’:

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Careers in Demand

A number of skilled occupations are currently in shortage in the health and community services industry. These jobs are in demand across Australia, so there’s a good chance of ongoing employment when you complete your training. If you want to set yourself up for a rewarding career, check out the following jobs and the VET courses that may give you the practical skills you need to gain employment in them.

Growth Areas

Hospitals, residential care services and social assistance services are the largest employing sectors in the industry. If you’re interested in a career in health and community services, the following VET courses are worth considering, because they will prepare you for work in areas where employment is expected to grow over the next three years.


With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here are a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.