Resources for Job Seekers

Interview tips for securing the job you want

In Home Care Servces Direct has designed your personal profile to give prospective employers the type of information they would ask in an interview. Of course they may have a few other questions of their own.

We encourage you to fill out your profile with as much information as possible. The idea is to not waste anyone's time going to interviews that would not be a good match for you.

Likewise, we have designed our Job Posts and Care Seekers profiles to contain as much information as possible so that neither party wastes time interviewing for a job that does not meet everyone's needs.

When you attend a 'personal interview' make sure you are comfortable with the environment and that their are no safety issues that would concern you. If there are and you still want the job, take the interview time to bring these issues to the attention of the person conducting the interview. This shows you know your job and mentioned in the right tone, may well benefit the person in the home as well as yourself.

The interview time is a great time to get to see if you are compatible with the person you will be caring for. This is especially important if the job is to be of an ongoing nature.

What do I charge, is a common question

Aged Care workers have an award and this is the link to find details of their ward payments. This is where you will find the Nurses Award.

Employees working as Nannies and Au Pairs aren’t covered by an award. They’re entitled to the National minimum wage and the National Employment Standards. This chart shows the Australian minimum wages for 2018 - 2019.

2018 - 2019 Minimum Award Wage

Australian minimum wage rates
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How to decide on an appropriate job rate

To help decide on what to charge for a service there is a Pay Rate Calculator created by the Australian Government that you can check. To get work, it's important to be competitive so take a look at what others are charging both here and on other sites. You may find this Government link helpful regarding employee entitlements.

Job rate examples for those not on an Award

Examples of job rates for Nannies includin superannuation and insurance

Depending on whether you or your employer pays your superannuation and your insurance, will determine what you wish to charge as an hourly rate. Remember, these are only examples, you are free to charge what you wish. Taxes will depend on how much you earn. Always ask your accountant to clarify your own personal situation.


Having a First Aid certificate is a great qualification to have. It's helpful in everyday life and certainly a qualification desired by all employers. We do not endorse the following courses, they are merely places for you to investigate.

CPR KIDS- Classes at maternity hospitals in NSW, VIC AND QLD

Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education & Care Setting

red cross

Australian Red Cross  - Training in all states of Australia

St John Ambulace First Aid

St John Ambulance First Aid Course -Training in all states of Australia 

FREE First Aid online training

First Aid Training Online for Free


Australia wide first aid courses

Australia Wide First Aid - Training in all states of Australia 

Safety Checks needed for jobs

The responsibilities of a Caregiver (anyone providing services on this platform) can be many. It's a big responsibility to be in charge of someone's wellbeing and or home. For this reason there are some basic Government checks that a job seeker needs to obtain. You should also check with your state to see if any other checks are needed for you to carry out the services you provide. 

Child Care Training

This is an industry sector currently experiencing a skills shortage, especially in NSW and Queensland. These courses are recognises in all states of Australia as a National Accreditation,  

CHC22015 CERTIFICATE II IN Community Services(with a focus on early childhood education and care)

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care  -  Affordable means of payment       

Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care for Existing Workers CHC50113 - For students who have obtained a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and are now seeking to work at a higher level in early childhood. 

Aged Care Training

Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015  - This is a brand new qualification which replaces the following: Certificate III in Aged Care Certificate III in Disability Certificate III in Home and Community Care. The new Certificate III in Individual Support has a core set of competencies and offers specialisations in Ageing Support, Home and Community Support as well as Disability.  

Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015   - This is a brand new qualification which replaces the Certificate IV in Aged Care CHC40108. Limited fee free scholarships are available for eligible students


What is a National Crime Check?

It’s a summary of any person’s police history information in Australia. Checks can be conducted on Australian citizens or anyone residing in Australia. It is a government service provided to either an individual or organisation for employment, voluntary work and occupation-related licensing or registration purposes.

Why do employers require them?

Many employers would find a police check beneficial to reduce the risk of theft, fraud or other criminal activity performed by a potential new employee. However, in industries where employees are working with children, the elderly or other vulnerable communities, police checks are vital for an organisation to rule out employing people who are past offenders.

Contact the National Crime Check if you have any questions

How to obtain a National Police Check

How to get a National Crime Check online

How to verify a National Police Check


Why do I need a Working With Children Check?

"A Working With Children Check is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The Working With Children Check is fully portable so it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as the worker remains cleared." SOURCE

There is no National Working with Children check the way there is with the National Crime Check. Each State and Territory has it's own check system. Take a look at the one in your State to see what you need to do. 

Working With Children Check - Victoria
Queensland Blue Card System
Working With Children Check - Western Australia
Working With Children Check - Northern Territory
Working With Vulnerable People Check - ACT
Due to Government regulations we cannot offer any child care services in Tasmania or South Australia

Apply for a Working With Children Check in NSW

How to get a Working With Children Certificate

Here's where to verify a working with children certificate in NSW.

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