Partnerships and collaborations to build the capacity of the aged care workforce

This page contains information on action being taken by other Australian Government agencies on aged care workforce matters, projects that will support the aged care workforce and links to additional options for funding for training.

Page last updated: 27 February 2012

Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia is to develop policy and deliver programs across four main areas—workforce planning, policy and research; clinical education; innovation and reform of the health workforce; and the recruitment and retention of international health professionals.

As part of innovation and reform, Health Workforce Australia is to develop over 2011-2015 a comprehensive package of evidence-based Aged Care Workforce Reform, with the aim of identifying ways of replicating innovative practices, learning about the adaptability to various settings, and identifying the existing barriers and the supports required for national large scale adoption.

The Aged Care Workforce Reform Project comprises four component sub-projects, which together form a comprehensive package of evidence-based reform. These sub-projects are:Top of page
    • 1: Building Workforce Capacity for Safe Medications Management in the Community
    • 2: Building Workforce Capacity and Capability in Residential Aged Care Facilities
    • 3. Building Workforce Capacity for Early Intervention in Functional Decline in the Community
    • 4: Building Workforce Capacity for Complex Care Coordination in the Community.

National Workforce Development Fund

The National Workforce Development Fund managed through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education allows eligible organisations to apply for funding to support the training of existing workers and new workers in the areas of identified business and workforce development need.
    • Aged Care training has been specifically identified as an area for development through this funding and has been allocated $25 million towards skills development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce projects

Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) are collaborating on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce projects contribute to building Indigenous health and aged care workforce capacity

Australian Government Skills Connect

Through the Australian Government funded Skills Connect eligible businesses and Industry organisations can apply for funding from the following programs:

Australian Skills Quality Authority

The Australian Skills Quality Authority’s functions include:Top of page
    • registering training providers as ‘registered training organisations’ (RTOs)
    • recommending RTOs as CRICOS providers — providers that can enrol international students
    • accrediting vocational education and training (VET) courses
    • ensuring that RTOs comply with the conditions and standards for registration, including by carrying out compliance audits.

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council auspiced by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, provides information on skills and workforce development across Australia for community services and health, including information on the Community Services Training Package applying in aged care

The Council conducts an annual Environmental Scan (E-Scan) which is released annually in March and highlights key workforce development priorities and possible continuous improvement areas within the community services and health industries.

During 2012, the Council is revising the Community Services Training Package, which includes aged care qualifications for personal care workers.

In addition, the Council invites feedback submitted by stakeholders at any time during the year through a Continuous Improvement Register Top of page

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