2B. Where to for the residential aged care workforce?

Date: Tuesday 26 October

Time: 02.00PM–04.00PM

Chair: Gabrielle Meagher, Macquarie University 

Session overview

This session takes up questions of workforce development that remain as ‘unfinished business’ from the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Australian Government’s response. The Commission’s 13 recommendations covered the four areas of workforce planning; registration and minimum qualifications; education, training and skills development; and pay and conditions.  While the Government has accepted most of the recommendations, at least in principle, proposed actions are spread across the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council and other bodies, a broad whole-of-Government Care Workforce Strategy and the JobTrainer Fund, and decisions of the Fair Work Commission. Panellists will assess the adequacy of these responses, the prospects for successful implementation and the scale and nature of outcomes that can be realised in the short and longer term. The focus will be on the residential aged care workforce and the capacity for building capability for workforce development across the sector. This session is co-sponsored by the Macquarie Aged Care Policy Forum and the NSW branch of the Australian Association of Gerontology.  


Annie Butler, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation   

Professor Denise Jepsen, Macquarie University   

Professor Gabrielle Meagher, School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University 


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