The state of the Australian Workforce

by | Oct 2, 2020 | News

The Australian job market has recently suffered a significant downturn. With Victoria in lockdown and travel restricted, Australia’s economy has experienced its first recession in almost 30 years with the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrinking by 7%.

The University of Melbourne also estimates that without government financial programs such as JobKeeper, which maintains a formal link of employment for people that are unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions, the nation’s jobless rate could be as high as 11.7%. New employment opportunities have subsequently been scarce.

However, despite rising unemployment, many sectors are thriving and continue to hire to meet growing demand. Of these industries, the community services sector remains a fast-growing industry in Australia. Projections suggest that this sector will have the strongest employment growth of any industry in future years.

One quarter of new jobs created annually are in the community services sector, which includes allied health, disability and aged care. For instance, usage of allied health recently grew by 43% in a decade and aged and disability support lately experienced a 17% increase in yearly job advertisements.

Growing new job opportunities

The community services sector is an essential service and its high demand for workers has resulted in allied health, disability and aged care vacancies. Individuals with customer service experience, patience, empathy and an ability to listen are desirable in these industries; however, those with relevant tertiary qualifications are highly regarded.

Working in allied health, disability and aged care provides a great opportunity to make a difference in the community and help fellow Australians live their best life. Support in these areas can include:

  • assisting with daily activities;
  • arranging social activities;
  • assisting with mobility;
  • assisting with treatment programs;
  • preparing food; and,
  • providing companionship, friendship and emotional support.

How Breakthru can help
If you are interested in making a difference in people’s lives, Breakthru College offers various qualifications to help you learn the skills you need to succeed. Benefits of a community service qualification include:

Government funded qualifications

Many of Breakthru’s customers receive funding under the Certificate 3 Guarantee (Queensland) or Smart and Skilled (New South Wales) funding schemes to pursue an education and earn a higher qualification.

However, if you cannot access these supports due to ineligibility or other reasons, we also offer fee-for-service options. These fees are highly competitive and low compared to other training providers.

Qualified local trainers

All our courses are delivered by highly qualified local trainers with many years of knowledge and experience in the allied health, disability or aged care industries.

Online delivery

Breakthru also has online study options available to allow you to complete your qualification from home or on-the-go. The flexibility of online studying enables students to work at their own pace with the support of a trainer. Additionally, you can start anytime!

Nationally recognised training

Breakthru works closely with both government and industry organisations to ensure its face-to-face and online courses are fully compliant, accredited and nationally recognised.


Breakthru does its best to support students to find work placement. If you enrol in face-to-face or online courses, Breakthru will assist you in finding the compulsory 80-120 hours of work placement needed to complete your qualification.

During COVID-19, Breakthru continues to be vigilant in implementing infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of its students.

With these facts in mind, pursuing a new career opportunity has never been easier! To understand how you can enrol in Community College, contact Breakthru’s friendly staff today.

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