SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee is undertaking development of a new qualification – the Certificate III in Ageing Support.
This work is being undertaken in response to recommendations from the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce report “A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy” and is aimed at ensuring workers are equipped with the skills required to work effectively in the aged care 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
Please note, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org