Attracting people to support work as a career has taken a step forward with online platform Mable hosting an Independent Work Summit in Melbourne on May 20.

Mable has released a new report that showed that while 65 per cent of Australians have caring qualities, they are missing out on the opportunity to leverage these effectively for improved financial stability and career satisfaction.  

The Care Factor Report by Mable is an online platform that enables self-employed support workers and self-managed clients to connect, based on shared needs and goals. The report found that almost 71 per cent are completing tasks that could earn them money as an independent support worker, such as grocery shopping, cleaning and running errands.

With two-in-five people considering a career change in the next year and 65 per cent concerned about their financial stability, earning an income for caring actions already performed makes joining the Caring Economy a natural opportunity.

By 2049-50, it is estimated that 720,000 care and support workers will be needed, up from 460,000 in 2021.

Joining the summit is Mable support worker and Big Brother winner Tim Dormer who will discuss his experience in finding career flexibility and financial independence through meaningful independent support work. There will also be a presentation from small business expert David Rankin and support workers and clients will provide people looking to get into the industry the best tips to succeed as support workers on Mable.

The summit will be held at the Victorian State Library and online.

To register go to: Independent Support Worker Summit