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ACCPA supports Employment White Paper moves

Aged and Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) CEO Tom Symondson has welcomed moves to better support the aged care workforce, including both domestic solutions and targeted migration strategies.

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers today released the Employment White Paper designed to future-proof Australia’s workforce and address labour shortages, including in aged care.

“Australia’s aged care sector is crying out for more workers, so we support any policy moves to help alleviate the problem,” Mr Symondson said.

“It has been estimated that Australia will need at least 17,000 more direct aged care workers each year just to meet the standard of care our community expects. Over the next decade, the total figure will spiral to some 110,000 while the population ages, so we’re pleased something is being done.”

“Short and long term solutions are needed to address the projected shortfall.”

“We welcomed the White Paper’s acknowledgement that well-targeted migration can complement local skills. We agree that this is an important part of the solution to the challenges that we face.”

“Additionally, there was acknowledgement of helping those on income support, including those on pensions, to work where they can. We know that many Older Australians have decades of experience in caring and we want to remove disincentives to keep them engaged in the workforce. Many older Australians are perfectly placed to work in the aged care sector. They have the compassion, life experience and empathy to care for our most vulnerable.”

“It makes sense that older Australians who still want to work should be encouraged to do so. Age should not be a barrier to people continuing to work and contribute to the care economy.”

“We welcome moves already in place to bolster the aged care workforce, including a 15% pay rise for aged care workers and the introduction of skilled worker visas. Expanding on migration strategies and tapping into Australia’s older generation to help address the challenges we face makes sense.”

The government also announced the development of a national skills passport, designed to connect workers looking for a new job with employers seeking candidates with specific qualifications.

“We encourage any efforts to help streamline the employment process and cut down on red tape. It gives aged care providers more time caring for older Australians and less time doing paperwork,” Mr Symondson said.

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