Five Good Friends is looking for more good friends

As the Australian population continues to age, home care provider Five Good Friends has launched a recruitment drive seeking 750 new carers.

Five Good Friends, which currently employs just over 1000 care staff, is looking to double that number in the next few years as the over-65 population approaches 20 per cent by 2030.

According to CEO Simon Lockyer, the company wants to build out its ranks to avoid being caught short when demand spikes in the future.

“The flexible contract roles are perfect for anyone looking for full-time hours right through to those who need a few hours of care work a week to help make ends meet.

“We want people from 18 up to retired folks who still have a lot to give. What they all need in common, a willingness to help and care for people.

“It’s wonderfully rewarding because for every hour of home care an older person receives it lowers their need for a move to residential aged care by 6%. Many older people that are still in their home often just need companionship and a little support around the home to ensure their safety and independence,” he said.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over, with their own insured car, a current driver’s licence, a clear National Police Check or National Disability Worker Screening Check, and up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations.

“At Five Good Friends, we are all about understanding and promoting independence, companionship and social connections for older people from Broome to Brisbane, Perth to Parramatta.

“We don’t mind if you live on a farm or in a capital city – we have older and disabled Australians everywhere looking for someone to help them stay living in their own home longer,” said Simon.

Applications are open now.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.