Community Care Workforce – Additional training

Funding of $13.4 million will be allocated to additional training for community care workers to help them assist older Australians to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Older Australians prefer to live independently in the community as long as possible.
  • This measure recognises that preference by supporting training to ensure that community care workers have the right skills to deliver quality care in the community.

Who will benefit?

  • Around 2,700 community care workers will have access to training to improve the quality of care provided to some 37,000 people who receive Extended Aged Care at Home packages and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia Packages.
  • Community care workers will now be able to access training opportunities similar to those already provided for residential aged care workers, to gain up to Certificate IV qualifications.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed new funding of $13.4 million over four years to support training for the community care workforce.

What have we done in the past?

  • More than $150 million has been provided in previous Budgets to support the training of the residential aged care workforce. This measure extends this support to the community care workforce.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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