VET and Human Services: Working Together to Build our Future Workforce Forum

Attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing the right people are priority challenges across the human services industry. We are facing unprecedented workforce demand across our sectors, particularly for frontline workers. The vocational education and training (VET) sector will be instrumental in supporting the supply of this future workforce. At the same time, quality VET outcomes for …

Strategic Workforce Planning for a growing industry

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council’s recent analysis of the human services workforce highlights the continued workforce growth of our industry – which is currently the largest employing industry in Queensland. This level of growth raises important questions. What are the pathways into careers for these new workers? What roles will they be performing? How …

Health and community services industry continues to be economic powerhouse

Recent analysis undertaken by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) shows that the health and community services industry is Queensland’s largest and fastest growing employer and one of the strongest performers in the state’s economy, injecting approximately $23.7 billion annually. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data indicates that the industry provides …

Activating inclusion at Cairns

Recently we travelled to Cairns where we had an awesome time delivering our Activate Inclusion program for local leaders from the community sector, early childhood education and care sector, and government.  This program is about the leader’s role in shaping an organisation that is ready to reap the benefits of workforce diversity by embedding inclusive …

What does it take to lead human services teams in the growing face of uncertainty?

In the human services industry we are riding waves of major reform in areas such as child and family, disability services and aged care. Service provision, funding models, standards and expectations are consistently and continually shifting – we need to work out how best to lead ourselves and our teams to meet these challenges. Our …

Recruiting? Launch into Work may be able to assist you!

If you have entry-level vacancies within your organisation, the Australian Government’s Launch into Work employment program could assist you with recruitment, training and mentoring support. The program is intended to help train job seekers for specific roles within an organisation and is available to employers with genuine jobs on offer. This includes profit, not-for-profit and …

Cost-free recruitment solutions for employers

Finding suitable workers when you need them can be time consuming and costly. Did you know that there are government-funded programs that can help simplify the process and reduce the cost burden? The jobactive service is one such program. Whether you are looking to employ a permanent, casual or temporary worker, jobactive providers are located …

VET Connect

The Health and Community Workforce Council (Workforce Council) would once again like to express our thanks to our Industries Reference Group and industry partners who contributed to our work providing policy advice and feedback to Vocational Education and Training throughout the year so far. Since October 2017, we have worked with stakeholders across the mental health, …

Human services workforce benefits from Queensland Budget 2018-19

Deputy Premier and Treasurer the Honourable Jackie Trad MP yesterday (12 June 2018) launched her first budget with a leading message about the need to invest in infrastructure, skills and services to support our growing population – we have recently hit the 5 million mark – and respond to rapid economic and social change. The …

Brisbane Careers in Disability Expo – 28 June 2018

The next Careers in Disability Expo will be held in Brisbane on Thursday the 28th of June! These Expos bring job seekers, disability service providers, job agencies and training organisations together. Interested in exhibiting at the event? Expressions of interest to participate as an exhibitor are now being accepted but get in quick as spaces …

Celebrating the strength of Queensland’s cultural diversity at the Luminous Lantern Parade

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) was pleased to participate in MDA’s Luminous Lantern Parade on Friday, 8 June 2018. The event celebrates the strength of our cultural diversity, our heritage, our people, places and history. As a sponsor of the event, the Workforce Council had the opportunity to walk alongside other …

VET Connect

As part of our role in representing and serving the human services industry the Health and Community Services Workforce Council continues to engage across industry and with our workforce at all levels to identify: Current workforce needs, issue and trends Whether skilling needs are being reflected in the VET Investment Plan and met by the …

VET: Working Together to Build our Future Workforce Forum

In terms of workforce, Health Care and Social Assistance is the fastest growing industry in Queensland, with an anticipated growth of over 15% (approximately 50,000 workers) by 2022*. A robust health and community services vocational education and training (VET) sector is vital in responding to this demand and equipping a workforce that can meet the …

Industry and government organisations release joint Communique in support of diverse and inclusive Queensland workplaces

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council in partnership with industry and government organisations has released a joint Communique demonstrating our commitment as industry and community leaders to inclusive workplaces for all Queenslanders. On 22 March 2018 leaders from across Queensland industries and government met to focus on building diverse and inclusive workplaces at a …

Core Skills for Quality Leaders

People generally come to leadership roles in one of two ways, they seek it out as being the next best step in their career, or it is thrust upon them due to circumstances – sometimes out of their control. Regardless of how you become a leader or the type of service you lead there are …

Careers in Disability Jobs Promotion Videos

Thinking about a career in the rapidly growing disability sector? Workers tell us that a career in disability is a job they love! The new Careers in Disability Jobs Promotion videos showcase real life stories from real people working in a diverse range of jobs in the disability industry. Check them out here – https://www.careersindisability.com.au/stories/

Getting the best from the Vocational Education and Training System

The Queensland Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework is about promoting quality for the large investment made by the Queensland Government into VET.  It recognises all stakeholders – government, industries, training providers, employers and students as having a role to play in achieving high quality outcomes. The framework outlines the Department of Employment, Small …

Rockhampton Careers in Disability Expo 28th March 2018

WorkAbility Qld held the Careers in Disability Expo in Rockhampton last Wednesday the 28th of March. A special thank you to Barry O’Rourke MP and Councillor Rose Swadling for officially opening the event. Karni Liddell, NDIS QLD Ambassador, helped to host the ceremony and shared her personal story. She also talked about the broad range of …

Submission to National Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce

Quality of vocational education and training, local place-based action planning, and inclusion and diversity were among the priorities the Health and Community Services Workforce Council highlighted in our recent submission to the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (the Taskforce). The submissions provided to the Taskforce will support its development of a strategy for growing and …

Building a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce Forum – 22 March 2018

Over 50 leaders from across Queensland industries and government attended the Building a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce Forum on Thursday, 22 March 2018, held in conjunction with our Industries Reference Group meeting. Industries represented at the forum included tourism, building and construction, hospitality, transport and logistics, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and health and community services. The …

Better Together – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion at all levels

To enable a workforce that is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples so that together, we can thrive. That’s the purpose of our new ‘Better Together’ strategy which is focused on the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all levels. The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) aims to …

Deadly Conversations

If you would like to build cultural awareness within your team our ‘Deadly Conversations’ are a great first step or refresher. These conversations are two hours in duration and can be delivered at your service or venue at a time to suit you. You are also welcome to use our venue in Brisbane. We are …

VET Connect – VET Investment Plan Review

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has recently undertaken a review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Investment Plan for Queensland. We would like to extend our thanks to our Industries Reference Group and the many industry stakeholders who have contributed to our submission through providing their feedback and recommendations. As a …

Building a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce

Through our role in facilitating a cross-industry workforce planning community of practice, we have been asked to lead a conversation with Queensland industries to support their understanding and action in developing more inclusive workplaces and diverse workforces. The Health and Community Services Workforce Council will host leaders from across sectors to explore this together at …

QCOSS State Conference – Movement for change

The Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) State Conference will be held on 16 and 17 May 2018 at Pullman Brisbane King George Square. The theme of this year’s conference is Movement for change – Play your part. About the Conference The stories we tell ourselves now will determine the future.  How do we change …

Queensland Family and Child Commission’s Second action plan released

As you will know, we have been working with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to develop the Second action plan: Strengthening our sector 2017-19. The document is the result of broad collaboration across the sector and details a way forward for building a more sustainable and responsive child and family support system in …

Nominations open – Queensland Carers Advisory Council

The state government is recruiting members for the Queensland Carers Advisory Council’s next two year term. Purpose The Council is appointed to provide advice to the Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Seniors on strategies for increasing recognition of carers by public authorities and advancing the interests of carers. Council members Nominations are invited …

Stand out in the Crowd – two new workshops to get you ready for a new career as a self-employed worker

As the NDIS rolls out across Queensland there are growing opportunities for self-employed workers to find their market. The NDIS is transforming the way disability services are funded and delivered, and with NDIS participants now able to choose their providers and support arrangements, providers need to get ready to work in an open, competitive market …

VETIAO Update

As a Vocational Education and Training Industry Advisory Organisation (VETIAO), the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) provides advice to the Department of Education and Training (DET) on Vocational Education and Training (VET) investment for the health and community services industries. In this role, we have been working closely with health and community …

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context in Mount Isa

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context (DWCC) recently wrapped up in Mount Isa after five months of delivery. This program was developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) and the delivery in Mount Isa was funded by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). The aim of DWCC in Mount Isa …

Exciting new project – the Queensland Community Services Workforce Census

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) is excited to announce the commencement of a ground-breaking project in 2017 – the first Queensland Community Services Workforce Census. The community services industry is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant industries in Queensland and relies heavily on the capability and capacity of the …

Reflection in Action – Creating new ways of thinking and working

Critical reflection plays an important role in improving workplace practices. It encourages services to create new ways of thinking and working by reflecting critically on existing practices. For years, the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) has provided professional development and support in the area of reflective practice, or critical reflection, to health …

Standing up for a Natural Childhood – Reflections on an Action Research Project

During 2016 a group of passionate early learning and community services professionals came together to participate in the Health and Community Services Workforce Council’s Action Research Project – Standing up for a Natural Childhood over an eight month period. This project was facilitated by Sue Inglis and participants were mentored throughout the project by April …

Four ways job descriptions can help you and your team

The story of Somebody, Everybody, Nobody and Anybody This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was …

New Partnership for Healthy Futures

Media Statement Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Mark Furner Thursday, March 16, 2017 New Partnership for Healthy Futures A $150,000 Palaszczuk Government partnership with one of Queensland’s largest Indigenous-controlled health organisations is helping to Close the Gap of disadvantage on National Close the Gap Day. …

Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s successful projects announced as new funding round opens

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative is looking for the next round of innovative projects to assist job seekers on to positive career paths. The first funding round for 2017–18 is now open, with $60 million available over the year to provide skills, training and jobs for up to 8000 disadvantaged Queenslanders. Eligible organisations may …

A strategic approach to cultural capability

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context (DWCC) is a new program that has been developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community. It brings together the best of Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (our cultural capability program) and Workforce Planning to …

Consultation on Future Skills Strategy

Media Statements Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Consultation on Future Skills Strategy Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath has called for public input on a draft strategy designed to ensure Queensland has the skilled population needed to attract investment, and encourage …

Positive Futures – Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland Forum

Jobs Queensland invites you to attend the Positive Futures – Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland forum to discuss the current apprenticeship and traineeship system. The aim of the forum is to identify what is working well within the apprenticeship and traineeship system for employers, apprenticeships and trainees, industry and the broader community. Details of the …

Bringing our youngest and oldest citizens together

An Intergenerational Care program is a planned intentional interaction between different age groups (infant to elderly), in a variety of settings and at a level that provides close communication, shares feelings and ideas and cooperative activity in a meaningful way (Peackock and Talley, Intergenerational Contact:  A Way to Counteract Ageism 1984). One of our recent …

Queenslanders urged to apply for funding to help job-seekers

Media Statements Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Wednesday, February 22, 2017   Queenslanders urged to apply for funding to help job-seekers The Palaszczuk Government is calling on community organisations to apply for the next round of funding that will help job-seekers get the training they …

The search is on for the best and brightest in training

Image: Naomi Freese, 2016 School-based Trainee of the Year finalist.   The search is on for the best and brightest in training Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards  — celebrating everyday Queenslanders who have achieved success, best practice and innovation through vocational education and training. Celebrating its 56th year, the prestigious …

LDCPDP – Use it or lose it!

June 2017 will mark the end of the federal government’s Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP). It is important for services to note that their final report, outlining the use of their funds, will be due within three months of this program ending. So, if you haven’t been spending your LDCPDP funds – now …

Rising Above, Walking Together – The Power of One Person’s Story

Talking about Australia’s national identity prompts strong opinions. History, truth, settlement, multiculturalism; many topics and angles are discussed in the conversation about what is ultimately our own self-acceptance. The voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their experience of inclusion and exclusion in our community are often depersonalised. The power of one person’s …

A fresh approach to problem-solving using Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a strategy or intentional change that identifies the best of ‘what is’ to pursue dreams and possibilities of ‘what could be’. It is a cooperative search for strengths, passions and life-giving forces that are found within every system and that hold potential for inspired, positive change.1 While traditional problem-solving paradigms are effective …

Wanted: up to 1100 workers for South West Qld NDIS rollout

Acting Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland The Honourable Mark Ryan Sunday, January 01, 2017 Wanted: up to 1100 workers for South West Qld NDIS rollout The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached another milestone in Queensland, with the scheme rolling out in Toowoomba and west to …

MYFER outlines $400M initiatives to step up job-creation commitment

Media Statements Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport The Honourable Curtis Pitt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 MYFER outlines $400M initiatives to step up job-creation commitment Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the State’s stronger economic performance revealed in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review means the Palaszczuk Government is …

$20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” kicks off in regional Queensland

JOINT STATEMENT Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Honourable Grace Grace Thursday, December 01, 2016   $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” kicks off in regional Queensland Employers in regional Queensland now have an extra incentive …