As more Australians enter old age, we have failed to prepare for the human challenge at the centre of aged care by building a workforce that is both big enough and well-equipped to meet community expectations.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety made many good recommendations for reforming the sector but did not have enough focus on practical ways to increase the workforce. We have made 18 recommendations to address this workforce challenge. Many build on those of the commission, but with greater detail and clearer outcomes. Extensive consultation with industry experts, aged-care providers, training organisations and unions informed our analysis and recommendations.