The total aged care workforce was over 262,000 in 2007.
By 2012, it had reached in excess of 352,000.
This number is expected to increase to more than 827,000 by 2050.
This will account for about 4.9 per cent of all employees in Australia.
The data for this infographic was sourced from the 2012 National Aged Care Workforce Census & Survey
In the census, the direct care workforce was separated into:
Our focus is on the second group - personal & community care workers.
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Society is changing. The past 50 years have seen a dramatic shift in the age composition of societies in the more developed regions of the world, and the next 50 years will see even more changes.
The age demographic of the world we are living in is changing at a dramatic rate unprecedented in human history. This will have widespread implications for future generations.