The care and support sector, which includes aged care, disability and veterans’ support is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Senator Linda Reynolds said the A Life Changing Life campaign shines a light on the rewarding, varied and sustainable job opportunities in the sector.
“For people looking for a life-changing life through a rewarding job or career, the care and support sector is now hiring,” Senator Reynolds said.
“The NDIS alone will need an additional 83,000 workers in the coming years as the scheme matures. Thousands of jobs are available in metro, regional and remote areas.”
A national care and support workforce campaign is an early deliverable under the NDIS National Workforce Plan 2021-2025, launched in June.
A Life Changing Life features a range of real life workers across aged care, disability and veterans’ support, and the people they work with. The campaign highlights the unique experiences and examples of opportunities available in the sector.
“Real people are at the heart of this campaign. All the people featured are actual workers changing lives, as well as their own, through working in the care and support sector,” Senator Reynolds said.
Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt said the campaign will help build on the Morrison Government’s commitment under our $17.7 billion aged care reform package to ensure safer, quality care for senior Australians.
“By 2050, Australia will need the services of around one million aged care workers. This campaign will help to grow a strong and sustainable workforce that supports senior Australians as they age,” Mr Hunt said.
Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck said the government is focussed on supporting the aged care workforce through increased specialist training, financial support and mentorship.
“We want to attract and retain skilled, compassionate and professional aged care workers, and campaigns like this one will help drive those improvements,” Mr Colbeck said.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Andrew Gee said supporting veterans is a top priority for the Australian Government.
“Our servicemen and women have given our country their best in times of war, conflict and peace, and they deserve nothing less than Australia’s best in return when it comes to their care and treatment when their service concludes,” Mr Gee said.
“Working with our ex-servicemen and women is a high calling. It’s an honour and an extremely rewarding experience, so I encourage anyone looking at working in the care and support sector to consider the importance of working with our veteran community.”
The campaign is part of Australia’s Care and Support Workforce Package, announced in the 2020-21 Budget to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the care and support sector, including aged care, disability, and veterans’ support.
A suite of tools and resources including more information about the care and support sector is available at www.careandsupportjobs.gov.au.
Broadcast-quality television commercials and high-resolution versions of advertisements are available at: www.careandsupportjobs.gov.au/campaign.