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11    Community Affairs References Committee—Reference

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert), also on behalf of Senator Polley, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2016:

The future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the current composition of the aged care workforce;

    (b)   future aged care workforce requirements, including the impacts of sector growth, changes in how care is delivered, and increasing competition for workers;

     (c)   the interaction of aged care workforce needs with employment by the broader community services sector, including workforce needs in disability, health and other areas, and increased employment as the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out;

    (d)   challenges in attracting and retaining aged care workers;

     (e)   factors impacting aged care workers, including remuneration, working environment, staffing ratios, education and training, skills development and career paths;

     (f)   the role and regulation of registered training organisations, including work placements, and the quality and consistency of qualifications awarded;

     (g)   government policies at the state, territory and Commonwealth level which have a significant impact on the aged care workforce;

    (h)   relevant parallels or strategies in an international context;

      (i)   the role of government in providing a coordinated strategic approach for the sector;

     (j)   challenges of creating a culturally competent and inclusive aged care workforce to cater for the different care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people;

    (k)   the particular aged care workforce challenges in regional towns and remote communities;

      (l)   impact of the Government’s cuts to the Aged Care Workforce Fund; and

   (m)   any other related matters.

Question put and passed.