Consultation and Engagement – Relationship overview
Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce
The Taskforce reports directly to the Australian Government Minister for Aged Care.
It is headed by an independent chair, Professor John Pollaers.
The Taskforce will oversee and steer the development of an industry driven workforce strategy.
The strategy will recognise the shift to consumer directed care and take a wider view of the workforce interacting with older people.
The Taskforce is to report on 30 June 2018.
The report will incorporate a workforce strategy and associated implementation plan to address short, medium and longer term priorities.
Technical Advisory Groups
The Taskforce has formed a small number of specific purpose advisory groups to provide detailed technical input to the work of the Taskforce and enable particular issues to be explored in depth. The results will be fed into the Taskforce's considerations.
In February and March 2018 the Taskforce sponsored several roundtables to access expertise, tap specialist skills and gain practical insights to inform strategy development, from the aged care and other sectors, together with the wider community:
- 28 February: Research and Data
- 2 March: Diversity
- 7 & 8 March: Rural, remote and very remote.
The Taskforce will sponsor two working summits:
Summit 1: Was held on 4 December 2017 and provided an early opportunity for the wide range of interests in the workforce to contribute to shaping thinking about an industry driven strategy.
Summit 2: Will be held on 30 April 2018 in Adelaide, by invitation only, to discuss propositions for workforce reform for inclusion in the strategy.
Consultation and engagement
Public submission process: The Taskforce sought written submissions from 8 February 2018 to 16 March 2018 on strategic imperatives stemming from the Terms of Reference. This was complemented by community consultations with consumers, carers, workers, providers and others.
Aged care community consultations: The Taskforce plans to seek directly the views of providers, consumers and their families, workers, volunteers, and informal carers across the country.
Workshops why the sector and the work people do in the sector matter
Workshops have also been held to establish why growing and sustaining the workforce needed to meet the care needs of older people across Australia is so vital to the nation. These were held in:
- Alice Springs
- Port Macquarie
Evidence and Knowledge Base
The evidence to be considered by the Taskforce will include:
- Data, information and research related to workforce matters either from existing sources or submitted to the Taskforce during its work
- Information provided to a range of reviews or inquiries by the many interests in the aged care workforce
- Workforce planning, design and models
- Strategic scanning and analysis of global ageing and aged care trends, and their practical implications for the sector and the workforce.
- For more information about the work of the Taskforce.