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Aged Services IRC

Aged Services IRC

On 13 March 2018, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) announced that it was establishing an Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to strengthen industry leadership in education and training for the aged care sector.  

The Aged Services IRC will assist in responding to findings from the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, with a focus on a range of strategic actions to grow and sustain an agile and enabled aged services workforce that can provide safe and quality care to older Australians in a variety of settings. This includes ensuring that the national training system and higher education can address both current and future competencies and skill requirements for new workers entering the sector and existing staff needing to upskill.

The Aged Services IRC is responsible for:

  • reforming national training package qualifications and skill sets needed by the aged services industry;
  • examining new approaches to career structuring and progression in the sector, and the education pathways needed to support these;
  • scoping opportunities for collaboration across vocational education and training (VET), higher education and a range of industry sectors to tackle the challenges of an ageing society; and 
  • working with other IRCs which have an interest in qualifications relevant to the aged services sector to ensure industry needs are considered and met.

Given the high-level of interest and engagement, and the complexity of the reforms to be progressed, the IRC will establish a number of 'specific interest' advisory committees to provide high-level strategic and policy advice to support its work. See below for more details.

Further information about the role of IRCs and how they operate can be found in the IRC Operating Framework.

Membership and Structure

Category Organisation or area of expertise  Member State/ Territory
Skills and competencies/
profession based organisations
Australian Association of Gerontology Associate Professor Christine Stirling
(University of Tasmania)
Australian College of Nursing Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward ACT
Royal Australian College of General
Practitioners (RACGP)
Dr Denise Ruth VIC
Allied Health Professionals
Australia (AHPA)
Mr Tim Henwood (Southern Cross
Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) Ms Anita Volket VIC
Palliative Care Australia  Professor Patsy Yates (Queensland 
University of Technology)
Dementia Australia  Dr David Sykes (Centre for
Dementia Learning)
Mental Health expertise Professor Kim Ryan (Australian
College of Mental Health Nurses)
Assistive Technologies expertise Ms Robyn Chapman (Assistive 
Technology Australia)
COTA Australia  Mr Ian Yates ACT
Carers Australia  Ms Jayne Ryan QLD
Employer representatives and
peak bodies 
Leading Aged Services Australia
Mr Ian Hardy AM (Helping Hand
Aged Care)
Aged and Community Services
Australia (ACSA)
Mr Mark Sewell (Warrigal Care) NSW
Aged Care Guild Mr Ross Johnston (Regis Aged Care) VIC
Representative from Industry Accord
on the remote aged care workforce
Mr Chris Hall AM (Juniper) WA
Independent/ aligned aged care
services provider
Ms Sonya Smart (Villa Maria
Catholic Homes)
Employee representatives  Australian Nursing and Midwifery
Foundation (ANMF)
Mr Robert Bonner SA
United Voice Ms Melissa Coad NSW
Health Services Union (HSU) Mr Rob Sheey NSW
 Education and training Universities Australia  Ms Rachel Yates ACT
TAFE Directors Australia  Ms Mish Eatman (Swinburne

Aged Services Advisory Committees

The following ‘specific interest’ advisory committees will be established to support the work of the Aged Services IRC by providing high-level strategic and policy advice. Each committee will comprise 6-8 members, with both allocated and open positions.

SkillsIQ is managing the nominations for these committees. For more information, including registering your interest in participating in an advisory committee, please fill in your details by completing this online form.

Advisory Committee Details
Consumer Needs and Expectations Consumer advocacy groups and individuals.
Residential Care Peaks, associations, others with a focus on acute (hospital) and/or residential care,
industry/employer representatives; may also include food services representatives.
Home Care and Community Care Peaks, associations, others with a focus on home care and community care,
industry/employer representatives.
Indigenous and Remote Services Employers, employees and other stakeholders representing Indigenous and
remote interests.
Diversity and Inclusion Employers, employees and other stakeholders representing culturally and
linguistically diverse (CALD); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI);
disability; homeless and disadvantaged; and other diversity group interests.
Dementia Peaks, associations, industry/employers, others with a focus on dementia.
Palliative Care Peaks, associations, industry/employers, others with a focus on palliative care.
Mental Health Peaks, associations, industry/employers, others with a focus on mental health.
Pathways and Tertiary Education Registered training organisations (including peak bodies), universities,
others as appropriate.
Nutrition and the Mealtime
Peaks, associations, industry/employers, others with a focus on the nutritional
needs of older Australians.