Aged Care Workforce Reforms

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Summary of Workforce Reforms

The Australian Government is growing the home care workforce by 18,000 new personal care workers. $135.6 million will provide additional financial support and incentives for registered nurses.

A single assessment workforce will do all assessments, facilitating quality, consistency and experience.

To grow and upskill the workforce, the government will invest to:

  • increase places in the Aged Care Transition to Practice Program and Aged Care Nursing Scholarship Program,
  • fund 33,800 training places more personal care workers to gain a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing),
  • give palliative care and dementia training to workers.

An expanded Rural Locum Assistance Program will ensure continuity of clinical care and leadership, and increase a surge workforce in rural and regional areas.

$105.6 million will improve regulation and worker screening arrangements; government investment will help to attract the right workers to the sector.

Aged Care Workforce Reforms Timetable


  • Up to 6,000 new personal care workers in workplaces.
  • Surge locum workforce capacity in regional and rural loations.
  • Improved training in dementia care and minimising restraint (restrictive practices).


  • Up to 7,000 new personal care workers in workplaces.
  • 33,800 additional training places rolled out over two years for personal care workers to attain a Certificate # in Individual Support (Ageing).
  • More Registered Nurses in workplace due to nurse incentive and financial support schemes.
  • Single assessment workforce in place to conduct assessments across residential and home care.


  • Additional training places for personal care workers to attain a Certificate 3 in Individual Support (Ageing).


  • Continued growth of the aged care workforce and a demonstrable increase in registered nurses choosing aged care as their career.


  • Tangible improvements seen in staffing levels, skill mix and training of the care workforce.
  • workforce continues to meet the demand for aged care services, particularly in home care.

Royal Commission Aged Care Final Report

Download RCAC Final Report:

1:   Recommendations (4.20 Mb)
2:   Current System (1.83 Mb)
3a: New System (2.65 Mb)
3b: New System (3.53 Mb)
4a: Hearings (6.56 Mb)
4b: Hearings (9.14 Mb)
4c: Hearings (8.82 Mb)
5:   Appendices (5.98 Mb)

Aged Care Reform Now

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Aged Care Reform Now

Aged Care Reform Now (ACRN):

  • is an online community of people with the shared vision of a high quality Australian Aged Care sector.
  • is rapidly growing in membership numbers.
  • consists of current care recipients, family members, friends, aged care workers, aged care advocates and others who are passionate about social justice.
  • members come together to contribute to, and lobby government for, meaningful Aged Care Reform.

ACRN aim is to develop sustainable solutions, not amplify problems. ACRN believe it is only by working together – with care recipients, families, staff, aged care providers, peak bodies, health related unions, academics, Health Department bureaucrats, and politicians – that frail older Australians will receive the appropriate care and support they need.

ACRN membership is FREE and has as an active Facebook group. You can join ACRN at:
ACRN Facebook Page.

If you’re not on Facebook, you can still access ACRN at:

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

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This has reinforced the benefit to seek independent and experienced assistance when placing your loved one into any aged care home.