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Disability and Aged care sector workforce $33 million injection

With the disability workforce expected to double by 2020, and aged care growth expected to increase from 366,000 to 980,000 workers by 2050, the Federal Government has committed $33 million to the “Boosting Local Care Workforce Program” as it aims to create more jobs in regions that require strong job growth.

“It is designed to increase capacity in rural, regional and outer-metropolitan areas so NDIS participants and older Australians seeking aged care services have access to high quality services and support” said Minister for Social Services Christian Porter

The program will be delivered by a “lead organisation”, which is yet to be selected. The lead organisation will be responsible for delivering, managing and reporting to the Australian Government on the three initiatives that make up the package:

– Care Workforce Regional Coordinators will be appointed across Australia supporting NDIS and aged care providers in regional, rural and outer metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and raising awareness of new employment opportunities.

– Specialist Coordinators will be appointed to address key focus areas required by the sector.

– A Sector Transition and Employer Support Initiative will be implemented to assist eligible NDIS service providers with professional advice expertise and small grants to help them to prepare their businesses to succeed in the NDIS world.

The successful lead organisation is expected to be finalised by December 2017 and the program to roll out shortly after.

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