Hostel Parents provide care and supervision for children and young people living in residential facilities such as boarding school residential colleges and hostels.
Plans and implements programmes of supervision and care for children in residential care.
Supervises and arranges activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in residential care.
Wakes children and ensures they are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities.
Supervises children during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering.
Maintains discipline, enforces regulations and behaviour standards, compiles disciplinary reports and assists in implementing remedial measures.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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Earnings and hours
Around 50% of people employed as Hostel Parents work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Hostel Parents work in the Education and training industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Hostel Parents||All Jobs Average|
Around 51% of Hostel Parents live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Hostel Parents is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 20 to 24 years.
Females make up 69% of the workforce. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Hostel Parents||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Experience caring for children is usually needed to work as a Hostel Parent. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or university degree in related areas like education or nursing.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Hostel Parents||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||7.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||9.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Special Care Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and communicate clearly, with strong people skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
48%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Reading work related information.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
79%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
59%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
55%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
54%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
46%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
46%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
42%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
38%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
37%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
36%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
35%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
19%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
17%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Write in a way that people can understand.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
34%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
80%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
77%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
75%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
75%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
73%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
72%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
72%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
72%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
67%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
67%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
65%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
65%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
65%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
64%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
63%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
54%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
48%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Work with people in a group or team.
Talk with people face-to-face.
95%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk on the telephone.
91%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
87%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
84%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
78%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
77%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
75%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
74%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Use electronic mail.
73%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
72%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
72%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
71%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
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