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 sustaining the aged care workforce in Australia.

In our role as a peak body for the health and community services industries, we recognise the value of a sector-wide, strategic workforce planning approach to supporting the aged care workforce. A national-level strategic response is necessary to ensure optimal workforce outcomes for providers and consumers alike.

Our submission reflects our ongoing engagement with the sector and we would like to thank our stakeholders for their feedback and input into the development of our response.

Here are some of the key points from our submission:

  • The Aged Care Workforce Strategy is an opportunity to engage the sector in a workforce planning process, to apply rigour to individual workforce issues in order to develop collaborative, strategic and sustainable responses.
  • The Workforce Council regards the following as key priorities:
  • The quality of vocational education and training product, delivery and outcomes
  • Whole-of-sector profile raising and career promotion
  • Career progression opportunities and clear pathways
  • Recognition of the value of workforce planning and investment in workforce planning at a sector-wide and organisational level
  • Local place-based action planning
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • The Workforce Council also highlighted digital disruption, strategic people management, and knowledge transfer, as priority areas for consideration in relation to knowledge, skills and capability of the aged care workforce.

We look forward to continuing to work with our sector partners and the Taskforce to support the development of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

A copy of our submission can be accessed here.