Certificate III in Care Support Draft 2

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee, is undertaking the development of an initial new qualification – the Certificate III in Care Support.

This work is being undertaken in response to recommendations from the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce report, A Matter of Care - Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy. The proposed qualification 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.
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This project will take place in two distinct phases. The first, which commenced in March 2019, looks to re-package current units of competency from the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) into a new Certificate III qualification, 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 early next 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.

National consultation on Draft 1 of the new qualification (titled at that time Certificate III in Ageing Support) took place from 29 March 2019 to 24 May 2019. On completion of the Draft 1 consultation, IRC members analysed and discussed the feedback received and determined actions for the development of Draft 2.

In the wake of the Draft 1 feedback responses, the IRC recommended that Draft 2 of the proposed new qualification be modelled on the current Certificate III in Individual Support, with amended packaging rules to make it more broadly applicable across the ageing, disability and home and community care sectors. Furthermore, the elective options for those wishing to complete the Aged Care specialisation have now been broadened to provide a wider range of options. It was agreed that the revised qualification be titled Certificate III in Care Support.

More information on the project may be found in the Validation Guide which may be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


Consultation Activities and Timelines

National consultation for Draft 2 Validation is open from Monday, 18 November 2019 to Friday, 6 December 2019.

Webinars:
SkillsIQ will host a series of webinars to seek stakeholder input. To register your interest in joining a webinar, please click on one of the links below:

Date                                               Time
Tuesday, 26 November               9:00am - 10:00am AEDT - closed

Wednesday, 27 November         3:00pm - 4:00pm AEDT - closed

Thursday, 28 November             1:30pm - 2:30pm AEDT - closed

Following the close of the validation period, feedback received will be collated by SkillsIQ and evaluated by the IRC. This feedback will inform the final version of the new qualification, which will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee for endorsement.


Further Information

For more information, please contact Patrick Cummings on (02) 9392 8100, or via email: patrick.cummings@skillsiq.com.au.

Attachments

Certificate III in Care Support - Validation Guide

Recent Comments

Michael Stanley 06.12.2019

"Agree"

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mandy sisson 06.12.2019

" A review of the content of the units is required. A couple of units are generic in nature and with some consolidation may provide more capacity in the course to add to the core units, and ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards as well as the recommendations from the royal commission. We would like to see a stronger focus on areas such as behaviour management, understanding dementia, assisting with the activities of daily living and the skills of communication - both written and verbal. "

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mandy sisson 06.12.2019

"Agreed. I think a review of the content of the units is required. Hi his may provide more capacity in the course to add to the core units, and ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards as well as the recommendations from the royal commission. "

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mandy sisson 06.12.2019

"Agree Janette. The focus on palliative care is crucial, as is being able to understand and work with the areas that impact a residents cognitive ability. "

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Alison Corbet 06.12.2019

"The Department of Education and Training in Victoria is not supportive of this qualification based on extensive work with the disability sector in Victoria as part of a review of disability-related qualifications in the Community Services package undertaken in 2017 and 2018. There are a range of issues: There are no substantive changes to units relating to disability which will be confusing to employers There has been insufficient consultation with the disability sector regarding this new qualification. The Victorian review of qualifications found many gaps in the current training package in terms of skills needed by support work working in the context of the NDIS. As a result Victoria has developed a number of Victorian accredited courses to fill these gaps. In the event this qualification goes ahead we recommend inclusion of the Victorian units as electives to give employers and students more choice. It is also noted that Victorian enrolments in the Certificate III Individual Support are extremely low relative to enrolments in aged care and home and community care. This is reflective of how current offerings are not supporting the needs of the disability workforce. The Victorian Department of Education and Training provided a submission to SkillsIQ in March 2019 on these issues. Kind regards Alison Corbet Principal Project Officer NDIS Workforce projects Department of Education and Training "

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