Disability Care Industry Reference Committee

Disability Care Industry Reference Committee – Proposed structure open for consultation

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is establishing a Disability Care Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to provide an explicit focus on the skills and competencies required by the disability care workforce, and is seeking your feedback on the proposed structure and membership (see table below).

An effective disability care workforce is crucial for many individuals with a disability, including National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, to exercise genuine choice and control over their care and support. This is supported by employees who see the sector as an attractive career option and readily fill available jobs, and employers who can easily find workers with the skills, values and attributes they require.

The demand for disability care workers is gowing significantly - an estimated 90,000 full time equivalent employees will be needed to support the industry over the next five years. In addition to the significant volume of workers required, it is critical that workers have the specialist skills and knowledge required to deliver high quality and individualised care in an evolving market.

The Disability Care IRC will be responsible for:

-        reviewing and updating national training package qualifications, skill sets and units of competency needed by the disability care sector

-        examining new approaches to career structuring and progression in the disability care sector, and the education pathways needed to support these

-        working with other IRCs with an interest in qualifications relevant to the sector.

The AISC is seeking your views on the proposed structure and membership of the Disability Care IRC and aims to capture a broad range of expertise and experience across the diverse services provided by the disability sector. In particular, the AISC is seeking your views on the following:

-        Is industry coverage appropriate for the disability sector, or are there gaps?

-        Should particular representatives be removed and/or should others be added?

-        Is there a good balance of representation between sub-sectors?

-        Does the structure ensure a consumer focus?

If you have any comments or suggestions on the proposed structure below, please complete the AISC feedback form by COB Friday, 11 January 2019.

Nominations for membership of the IRC will be requested following finalisation of the IRC structure.

Please let us know if you would like advice to be sent to you directly about the call for nominations by sending an email to education-SectoralPolicy@education.gov.au.

Please note that membership of the IRC is not the only avenue for raising your views. Members of the Disability Care IRC, with the support of the allocated skills service organisation (to be advised at a later date), will be responsible for ensuring that the appropriate industry stakeholders are given opportunities to provide input into the training product development process.

Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) will also support the IRC on an as-needs basis and the expertise of registered training organisations (RTOs) may be sought during training package development work as required.

Disability Care IRC – Proposed structure and membership

Representative type Number of positions Organisations Comments
Peak bodies and associations 1 National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which aims to support a better life for Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission New, independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services by regulating the NDIS market, providing national consistency, promoting safety and quality services, resolving problems and identifying areas for improvement. The Commission will start operating progressively around the country from 1 July 2018 to 1 July 2020.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Mental Health Australia National non-government peak representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. Members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 National Disability Services Peak body for non-government disability service organisations. Represents more than 1100 non‑government service providers who operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) Peak professional body that aims to support, promote and represent the profession of occupational therapy as a key component of the allied health sector in Australia. Represents the interests of 5000 occupational therapists nationally.

Representative nominated by organisation.

  1 Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) Peak national organisation and recognised national voice for allied health professions in Australia. Represents and advocates for the role of allied health professionals in health, aged care, disability, education and all systems where allied health services have a role. Collectively represents some 100,000 allied health professionals who work across the primary, acute and tertiary sectors in Australia.

Representative nominated by organisation.

Industry / employers 2 Disability service providers Open for nomination.
  1 Rural/remote disability service provider Open for nomination.
Individuals, employers, individuals, peak bodies, associations 1 Assistive technologies expertise Open for nomination.
Employee representatives 1 Disability carer employee representatives Relevant union(s).

Representative to be advised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.