Growing the aged care workforce

Senior Australians need a skilled, diverse, compassionate and valued workforce who will provide safe and high quality care. We are growing and supporting the aged care workforce.

Home Care Workforce Support Program

The Home Care Workforce Support Program aims to increase the workforce by around 13,000 new personal care workers, allied health assistants and enrolled nurses.

The program will support all home care providers to attract, train and retain new staff.

Care and Support Workforce Campaign

The ‘A Life Changing Life’ campaign aims to generate interest in the care and support sector. This includes aged care, disability support and veterans’ care.

The campaign encourages students, job searchers and professionals to consider a job or career in this sector.

‘A Life Changing Life’ features real care and support workers and the people they care for. It shares the stories of these rewarding relationships and highlights the diversity, value and sustainability of the work.

The campaign website shows the roles available and pathways into the sector. There is information on skills and training, and links to job search services.

Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment

The Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment rewards clinical skills and leadership. Registered nurses working for the same aged care provider over the eligibility periods can receive the payment.

More training places for aged care qualifications

JobTrainer has been expanded. There will be 48,800 additional training places for jobseekers and existing aged care workers. Aged care qualifications, like Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), are available fee-free or at low cost.

Training places have started rolling out in each state and territory. Find out more about JobTrainer on the My Skills website.

Aged Care Transition to Practice Program

The Aged Care Transition to Practice Program supports new aged care nurses with training and professional development opportunities.

Participants receive specialist training in aged care nursing and mentorship from senior nurses.

Pacific Labour Scheme

The Government acknowledges the workforce challenges faced in regional, rural and remote areas.

The Pacific Labour Scheme assists providers struggling to fill vacancies with workers locally. The Scheme can provide access to Pacific and Timorese aged care workers.

Providers eligible to participate must:

  • be an approved employer
  • be in rural or regional Australia
  • have a history of compliance with immigration and fair work requirements.

A series of checks are required to become an approved employer, including being a reputable and financially sound company.

The eligible postcodes are available on the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility website.

Watch the Pacific Labour Scheme webinar.

Download the fact sheet on growing the aged care workforce.

Check out the Aged Care Workforce Action Plan 2022 – 2025. It outlines the Australian Government’s actions to grow, skill and enable an aged care workforce that delivers safe, high quality care that puts senior Australians first.

Last updated: 
20 May 2022

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