Have your say on the quality of aged care workforce

Ensuring the safe, quality care of senior Australians through a skilled and adequate aged care workforce is the aim of a national public consultation program starting today.


Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, announced an expert taskforce in November 2017 to develop Australia’s first aged care workforce strategy.


“This online survey is important because it allows all voices to be heard,” Mr Wyatt said.


“I urge aged care residents, families, carers, aged care workers, service providers, employee organisations and everyone with an interest in quality care to have your say on this vital issue.


“With Australia’s current aged care staffing needs predicted to grow from around 360,000 to almost one million by 2050, skills and workforce development is crucial.”


The taskforce is being chaired by Professor John Pollaers, with its work premised on five imperatives:

  • Why the aged care industry matters
  • Industry leadership, mindset and accountability
  • Industry workforce organisation and education
  • Industry attraction and retention
  • Translating research and technology into models of care and practice

“The online consultation will be complemented by a series of public meetings in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart,” said Mr Wyatt.


“These will include sessions on senior Australians in aged care, families, carers and their representatives, aged care workers, and aged care providers and services.”


The public consultation period is open for five weeks, until 16 March 2018.


To participate and provide feedback please see the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub.


The taskforce is due to complete its work by the end of June 2018.


8 February 2018.