Aged Services Industry Reference Committee

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 sectoralpolicy@education.gov.au.

Aged Services IRC – Structure and membership

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)

TAS

Australian College of Nursing

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

ACT

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Dr Denise Ruth

Vic

Allied Health Professionals Australia

Mr Tim Henwood (Southern Cross Care)

SA

Occupational Therapy Australia

Ms Anita Volkert

VIC

Palliative Care Australia

Professor Patsy Yates (Queensland University of Technology)

Qld

Dementia Australia

Dr David Sykes (Centre for Dementia Learning)

VIC

Mental Health expertise

Professor Kim Ryan (Australian College of Mental Health Nurses)

ACT

Assistive Technologies expertise

Ms Robyn Chapman (Assistive Technology Australia)

NSW

COTA Australia

Mr Ian Yates

ACT

Carers Australia

Ms Jayne Ryan

Qld

Employer representatives and peak bodies

Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA)

Mr Ian Hardy AM (Helping Hand Aged Care)

SA

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)

Vic

Employee representatives

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Mr Robert Bonner

SA

United Voice

Ms Melissa Coad

NSW

Health Services Union (HSU)

Mr Rob Sheehy

NSW

Education and training

Universities Australia

Ms Rachel Yates

ACT

TAFE Directors Australia

Ms Mish Eastman (Swinburne University)

Vic

 

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. SkillsIQ will conduct a separate nominations process for these committees once the IRC has been established. For more information, including registering your interest in participating in an advisory committee, please fill in your details at the SkillsIQ - Aged Services IRC page.

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 Experience Peaks, associations, industry/employers, others with a focus on the nutritional needs of older Australians.