First meeting of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, 30 November 2017

Page last updated: 22 December 2017

The Taskforce met on 30 November 2017, with the focus on shaping the program of work needed to develop a strategy and report by 30 June 2018.

The purpose of the Taskforce is to develop a strategy for growing and sustaining the workforce providing aged care services and support for older people, to meet their care needs in a variety of settings.

The Taskforce discussed how recent reviews or inquiries have referenced or covered workforce issues, and will take these into consideration as part of its work. The reviews or inquiries include:

  • A Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the future of the aged care sector workforce
  • The Aged Care Legislated Review 2017 report
  • The Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes, and
  • An Australian Law Reform Commission wide-ranging inquiry on elder abuse, including aged care.

Discussion by members of the Taskforce centred on three broad areas:

  • The range of issues likely to arise under the Terms of Reference set by the Australian Government, as announced by the Minister of Aged Care on

    1 November 2017
  • Shaping the program of work for the Taskforce, and
  • The range and types of consultation and engagement envisaged to ensure all voices are heard during the Taskforce’s work.

Notably, the Taskforce discussed a set of guiding principles to help shape the workforce strategy, together with five strategic imperatives to drive consideration of workforce issues, and shape and reframe thinking about the aged care workforce.

As an integral part of shaping the responses to the strategic imperatives, the Taskforce was briefed by several subject matter experts whose analysis and work are to be drawn on to support the detailed work to be done.

The next meeting of the Taskforce is on 13 February 2018.