Aged Services Industry Reference Committee

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IRC membership details are updated each quarter.

The Aged Services IRC has been established to respond to relevant recommendations in the Aged Care Workforce Strategy and to ensure that the national education and training system is able to deliver ­an agile workforce that can provide safe and quality care to older Australians in a variety of settings. This includes addressing the current and future competencies and skill requirements for new workers entering the sector and existing staff needing to upskill in both the vocational education and training (VET) and higher education sectors.

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 VET, higher education and a range of industry sectors to tackle the challenges of an ageing society

  • working with other IRCs which have an interest in qualifications relevant to the aged services sector to ensure industry needs are considered and met.

The Aged Services IRC is supported by SkillsIQ (a Skills Service Organsiation). For more information about the IRC and how you can get involved, please contact SkillsIQ.

While it was not possible to include every nominee on the IRC, it is important to remember that SkillsIQ and the IRC will consult widely with all interested stakeholders and existing IRCs as appropriate to progress the work of the committee.

In addition, the Aged Services IRC will establish a number of ‘specific interest’ advisory committees to provide high-level strategic and policy advice to support the work of the IRC. See below for more information, including how to register your interest in participating in an advisory committee.

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

You are also welcome to submit any questions to the AISC Secretariat at

The AISC has approved the following members for the Aged Services IRC:

Category Organisation Representative Member Type  Jurisdiction
Employer Representative Leading Age Services Australia Marcus Riley  Riley Chair  QLD
Employee Representative Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)  Robert Bonner Deputy Chair SA
Peak/Advisory/Association Australian Association of Gerontology Christine Stirling Member TAS
Peak/Advisory/Association Australian College of Nursing Kylie Ward Member ACT
Peak/Advisory/Association Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Denise  Ruth Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) Tim Henwood Member SA
Peak/Advisory/Association Occupational Therapy Australia Christina Wyatt Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association Palliative Care Australia  Patsy Yates Member QLD
Peak/Advisory/Association Dementia Australia David Sykes Member VIC
Peak/Advisory/Association Assistive Technologies Australia Robyn Chapman Member NSW
Peak/Advisory/Association COTA Australia  Ian Yates Member ACT
Employer Representative Warrigal Care Mark Sewell Member NSW
Employer Representative Remote Accord Praveen Gopal Member NT
Employer Representative Villa Maria Catholic Homes Sonya Smart Member VIC
Union  Health Services Union (HSU)  Mark Farthing Member VIC
Education and Training Universities Australia     Rachel Yates Member ACT
Education and Training TAFE Directors Australia Mish Eastman Member VIC