Demand for community and health service workers is on the rise in the Northern Territory - and here’s why

If you’re looking for work or you’re thinking of changing careers and you live in the Northern Territory, choosing a healthcare or community services role would be an excellent move right now.

This is because demand for workers in this sector looks set to rise, imminently, due to Australia’s ageing population, new legislative requirements and a government commitment to providing the best possible care.

Currently, 12% of jobs in the Northern Territory are in healthcare and social assistant roles. The industry share is second only to public admin. With reforms rolling out progressively over the next few years, we anticipate this figure will rise year on year.

Healthcare reforms

You may be aware of National Aged Care reforms to promote positive ageing for older Australians.

People are living longer thanks to better health and better healthcare. We need more workers now and more in the future to support our ageing population.

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the biggest social reforms occurring in Australia. How services are delivered under this scheme will directly benefit people with a disability to have the best opportunity for fulfilled and productive lives.

NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

Wide range of aged or disability care jobs

When we reference work in aged or disability care, we’re referring to a range of jobs that includes:

  • Personal support

  • Assisting with other services under allied health support (movement, speech, hearing or occupational therapy)

  • Lifestyle wellbeing support

  • Catering and food services

  • Administrative, finance and human resource support

  • Cleaners, maintenance, drivers and gardeners

The opportunities are wide-ranging.

Early childhood education and care

You may have heard about the Federal and Northern Territory Government’s commitment to early childhood education and care, aiming to give children the best start to life to create bright futures.

Jobs in early childhood education and care provide terrific career opportunities and are available now.

Mental health

Across Australia, we have a much better understanding about how many Australians can be affected or impacted by some form of mental health illness. It’s the third largest chronic disease in the country, only behind cancer and cardiovascular disease.

We are better informed about mental health illness and more services are becoming available. The Federal Government has committed to reforms that will put the individual needs of people with mental health illness at the centre of our mental health system, rather than a one size fits all approach. 

We need more skilled and professional staff to respond to people with mental health illness in our community.

Vocational education and training (VET)

Vocational education and training or VET provides skills for jobs and plays a critical role in developing Australia’s skilled workforce.

VET qualifications are available for a vast range of careers and industries such as business and office work, traditional trades, retail and hospitality, technology, community services and health industries.

Qualifications are developed by industry and range from certificate II to certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma. Most training is hands on learning that is closely connected to the job.

You can be trained in part qualifications or skills sets. VET is supported, managed and kept relevant by a network of organisations.

ISACNT is a key organisation here in the Northern Territory supporting vocational education and training. Our staff support and share up to date information about VET so make sure to follow us on LinkedIn or bookmark our website to stay informed.

Real life examples

Watch and listen to a range of different community and health service workers who are doing great things in their jobs here in the NT.

If you thought that working in community and health services wasn’t for you, it’s time to rethink that idea!