become a support worker

Support workers deliver our in-home and community support services.

What does a support worker do?

Our support workers deliver quality, person-centred support to clients who live with a disability in the community, with a key focus on improving daily life by assisting with daily activities, shopping and community access.

This is a rewarding and flexible career where you’ll be trained to provide support for people living with disability in South Australia.

How do I become a support worker?

Whether you have disability or aged care-related experience or are seeking a career change, support work can be a flexible and rewarding role. We provide paid, on-the-job training to help you reskill. You will need to be an Australian citizen or have a valid Working Visa, and be willing to undertake screening.

If you are someone with a strong sense of empathy, excellent communication skills, adaptability and patience and you’d like to start the process, here’s what you can expect.

Step 1: physical wellbeing

Support workers enable their clients in all aspects of daily living, and this can include physical tasks.

Being physically fit and capable is the foundation for a fulfilling career as a support worker – and you will maintain your fitness in your role.

Step 2: skills assessment

As part of the application process, you’ll be invited to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment. This step ensures that you possess the foundational skills necessary to handle the responsibilities that come with being a support worker.

Step 3: apply online

If you are eager to contribute to the well-being of our clients, take the next step by submitting an online application. You will need to include:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Employment history
  • Availability
  • Referees and CV

Step 4: phone interview

Your application will be assessed and you may be invited to join a phone interview. This is an opportunity for you to gain a deeper understanding of what being a support worker with estara entails.

Step 5: what happens next...

Successful candidates will undergo reference checks. Two professional referees, excluding friends or relatives, will be contacted by phone.

Upon successful completion of all recruitment stages, you’ll be scheduled for our next available introduction session, marking the beginning of your journey with estara.

The flexibility is wonderful.

I began with estara more than 17 years ago. I love the rapport I have with clients. Sometimes we have a good laugh! One of the great things about working with estara is choosing my hours. The flexibility is wonderful.

Belinda, estara Support Worker

Frequently asked questions

To become a support worker, you will need to:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or have a valid Working Visa
  • Pass a physical assessment
  • Pass a numeracy and literacy assessment
  • Hold a current Working With Vulnerable People Clearance

Support workers play a crucial role in assisting individuals with daily tasks that enable independence.

Tasks may include personal care, meal preparation, taking clients to appointments and facilitating social activities, while ensuring the well-being of those in our care.

Essential traits and skills for a support worker include empathy, effective communication, patience, and adaptability.

Prior experience is beneficial, but a genuine desire to make a positive impact is equally important. We provide training to enhance your skills and knowledge.

If you have a compassionate nature, enjoy helping others, and find fulfilment in making a difference in people’s lives, a support worker role may be a perfect fit.

The ability to adapt to various situations, coupled with a commitment to learning and growing, are qualities that contribute to success in this rewarding field.

Enquire about becoming a support worker