During the consultation conducted by the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce, feedback was received that the current Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) was not adequately meeting the skills needs of workers and employers in the aged care sector, thereby jeopardising the quality of care. Various reasons were given for this, but one of the most common was that the packaging rules of the generic qualification allowed for poor elective selection, resulting in graduates that did not have the requisite skills.
In response to the recommendations of the report, the Aged Services IRC was formed and tasked with developing a stand-alone and specialised qualification for entry level workers in the aged care sector. This would equip workers with the skills required to work effectively in the sector and provide quality care to their clients.
This project will take place in two distinct phases. The first, commencing in March 2019, will look to re-package current units of competency from the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) into a stand-alone Certificate III in Ageing Support, designed to better meet the immediate and critical skills required of the aged care workforce. As part of this process, it is proposed that several Units of Competency, which were previously electives in the Certificate III in Individual Support, will become core units in this new qualification, to better reflect the current skill needs of the aged care workforce. This process has been directed to ensuring greater alignment with contemporary aged care needs and national consistency in content of training that is required by industry as a matter of urgency.
The second phase, to commence later this year, will encompass a full review and update of the Units of Competency relevant to aged care to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet industry’s ongoing needs. This will also require consideration of providing streamlined access to appropriate career development opportunities for industry and employees.
Consultation Activities and Timelines
National consultation for Draft 1 is open from Friday, 29 March to Friday, 24 May 2019.
Please note, as previously outlined the content of the related Ageing Support Units of Competency is not currently being revised, only the packaging of the qualification. Updates to Units of Competency will be undertaken in Phase Two of the project.
SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals as follows:
Monday 8 April 11am-12.00pm AEST - closed
Thursday 11 April 4.00pm-5.00pm AEST - closed
Monday 15 April – Sydney - 2.30pm-4.00pm - closed
Thursday 2 May – Melbourne - 12.30pm-2.00pm
Monday 13 May – Perth - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Tuesday 14 May – Darwin - 3.30pm-5.00pm
Wednesday 15 May – Adelaide - 2.00pm-3.30pm
Thursday 16 May – Brisbane - 10.00am-11.30am
Friday 17 May – Hobart - 10.00am-11.30am
Monday 20 May – Alice Springs - 9.30am-11.00am
Tuesday 21 May – Canberra - 3.30pm-5.00pm
Feedback can also be provided online via the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum by clicking here.
When accessing the Feedback Forum, please first refer to the “How To” guide located on the page. It will provide directions for leaving and submitting comments.
Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of a Validation Draft, prior to submission to the AISC for consideration in August.
For more information please contact Melinda Brown on 02 9392 8100 or email email@example.com.