Aged Care – Securing the future of aged care for Australians – community care workforce development

At a cost of $32.1 million over four years, this measure will provide training opportunities in aged care courses for up to 6,000 personal care workers, including up to 2,000 workers from either Indigenous backgrounds or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Why is this important?

  • Demand is rising for aged care services delivered to people in their own homes. This reflects the preference of many older Australians to live independently for as long as possible, with appropriate community care and support.
  • This measure will train aged care workers delivering Community Aged Care packages and Extended Aged Care in the Home services to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to provide home-based care to frail older Australians with complex care needs.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure funds training opportunities in accredited aged care certificate courses for up to 6,000 personal care workers, including up to 2,000 culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.
  • In addition, up to 410 post-graduate nursing scholarships will be provided to encourage more people to enter (or re-enter) the community aged care sector, and to increase the skills of nurses already working in the sector.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $32.1 million over four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • Including this measure, the Government has invested $274 million in community and residential care workforce initiatives since 2002 to ensure that Australia has a well-trained workforce to meet the needs of an ageing population.
  • The Australian Government announced in the 2004-05 Budget that it would provide an additional $2.2 billion over five years for aged care. Since then the Government has announced the provision of a further $1.6 billion over five years as part of the new aged care funding package Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing measure.

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