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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 Carol Jewell VIC
    Palliative Care Australia  Professor Patsy Yates (Queensland 
    University of Technology)
    Dementia Australia  Dr David Sykes (Centre for
    Dementia Learning)
    Mental Health expertise TBA (ACMHN) ACT
    Assistive Technologies expertise Ms Robyn Chapman (Assistive 
    Technology Australia)
    COTA Australia  Mr Ian Yates ACT
    Employer representatives and
    peak bodies 
    Leading Aged Services Australia
    Mr Marcus Riley - CHAIR (BallyCara) SA
    Aged and Community Services
    Australia (ACSA)
    Mr Mark Sewell (Warrigal Care) NSW
    Aged Care Guild Mr Nicholas Brown ACT
    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 - DEPUTY CHAIR SA
    United Workers Union TBA NSW
    Health Services Union (HSU) Ms Leigh Svendsen NSW
     Education and training Universities Australia  Ms Rachel Yates ACT
    TAFE Directors Australia  Ms Mish Eatman (Swinburne
     Total 20 members     

    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.