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2017 Budget outcome – measures to boost Australian aged care workforce

May 12, 2017

It’s been estimated that the Australian aged care sector will need to expand its workforce to 980,000 by 2050 to respond to the demand of an ageing population, according to Ken Wyatt, Federal Minister for Aged Care.

A 2016 job market report from Adzuna highlighted that the number of aged care job vacancies has more than doubled Australia-wide year on year, with New South Wales and Victoria accounting for almost half of the available positions. This is backed up by a January 2016 report from the CSIRO on employment trends, predicting that healthcare and aged care sectors will be the largest employers over the next 20 years.

It is timely then that a measure from the 2017-18 Federal Budget is the funding being dedicated to establish an aged care industry-led task-force to explore ways to boost the supply; address the demand for; and improve productivity of the Australian aged care workforce.

The federal government will provide $1.9 million over two years to establish and support the taskforce, with funding coming from within existing resources of the Department of Health.

As a consequence, a strategic approach to building the workforce capacity is needed, especially given the structural changes now underway in the industry.

 

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