INDUSTRY REFORM: A new voice for aged care skills and workforce planning is here.
INDUSTRY REFORM: A new voice for aged care skills and workforce planning is here.

Aged care industry moderisation in the wind

EDUCATION reforms along with new national training standards are on the cards for the Aged Care industry.

The federal Aged Care minister Ken Wyatt announced today the appointment of an industry reference committee with the job ahead of tackling skills and workforce issues identified by the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

The government acknowledges that the industry is rapidly changing and with that is coming demands for better services and better skilled providers.

"This new IRC will play an important role in Australia's wider aged care reform by bringing industry together to help drive the necessary competencies and capabilities to deliver safe, quality care," Mr Wyatt said.

The IRC is looking for a diverse range of stakeholders drawn from consumer advocates, peak industry bodies in addition to employer and employee representatives.

It will be responsible for:

  • reforming national training package qualifications and skill sets needed by the aged care industry
  • examining new approaches to career structuring and progression in the sector, and the education pathways needed to support these
  • scoping of opportunities for collaboration across VET, higher education and a range of industry sectors to tackle the challenges of an ageing society.

Chair of the taskforce Professor John Pollaers said, "The taskforce has been consulting rigorously and widely to understand the critical touchpoints in the care people need as they age.

"The new Aged Care IRC will be an opportunity for industry and consumers to work together to consider the competencies and skills needed by the workforce, as well as how to incorporate new living well models of care and career pathways." 

The Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce's report is due to be lodged with Mr Wyatt by June 30, 2018.


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