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21 June 2017
The Turnbull Government has welcomed the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report into the future of Australia’s aged care workforce.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt acknowledged the work of the committee members in respect to workforce provision and said support was crucial for the sector.
“This detailed inquiry highlights the variety of challenges and opportunities in metropolitan and regional aged care and will form part of consideration of this important community issue,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The report is timely, and will help feed in to the Turnbull Government’s Strengthening Aged Care workforce strategy, for which $2 million was announced in the May budget to establish and support an industry lead workforce strategy.
“The taskforce will be required to consult widely within the health and aged care sector, and engage with other sectors, including social services, education and employment.
“Planning for this is well underway, with the taskforce expected to be established in July 2017.”
“This is an important time for aged care planning, with the Aged Care Legislated Review due on 1 August 2017 also set to help guide ongoing system reform,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Planning and caring for our ageing population is critical for our future, not only for the wellbeing of older people but also for the job perspectives and career opportunities for young Australians”.
The Government will consider the report and provide a response to the Senate Committee in due course.
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NB: Boosting Local Care Workforce Package
- The Government announced in the Budget funding of $33 million over three years to help existing service providers in the disability and aged care sectors grow their workforce.
- This measure is being led by the Department of Social Services in cooperation with the Department of Health and Department of Employment.
- For aged care employers and workers, this measure will provide timely assistance targeted to a region’s workforce requirements, helping employers increase the supply of care workers in the right geographical areas.
- The Department of Social Services and Department of Health will work with key aged care and disability stakeholders in the design of the initiative to ensure sector needs are appropriately identified.
- Funding will be provided for:
- Employment of up to 25 Care Workforce Regional Coordinators who will work with local service providers, helping them build their workforce management skills;
- Employment of up to 10 Care Workforce Specialist Coordinators who will work with key industry stakeholders to observe workforce demand versus supply, and identify gaps in the market. Each specialist coordinator will have a specific focus, including: supporting market development in remote areas across aged care; and encouraging more Indigenous owned organisations to work in the NDIS and aged care sector.