Terms of Reference

The future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce, with particular reference to:

  1. the current composition of the aged care workforce;
  2. future aged care workforce requirements, including the impacts of sector growth, changes in how care is delivered, and increasing competition for workers;
  3. the interaction of aged care workforce needs with employment by the broader community services sector, including workforce needs in disability, health and other areas, and increased employment as the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out;
  4. challenges in attracting and retaining aged care workers;
  5. factors impacting aged care workers, including remuneration, working environment, staffing ratios, education and training, skills development and career paths;
  6. the role and regulation of registered training organisations, including work placements, and the quality and consistency of qualifications awarded;
  7. government policies at the state, territory and Commonwealth level which have a significant impact on the aged care workforce;
  8. relevant parallels or strategies in an international context;
  9. the role of government in providing a coordinated strategic approach for the sector;
  10. challenges of creating a culturally competent and inclusive aged care workforce to cater for the different care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people;
  11. the particular aged care workforce challenges in regional towns and remote communities;
  12. impact of the Government’s cuts to the Aged Care Workforce Fund; and
  13. any other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515

Past Public Hearings

13 Jun 2017: Canberra
09 Jun 2017: Broome
07 Mar 2017: Adelaide


Inquiry Status

Report tabled

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