UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee’s Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 (Youth Jobs PaTH Bill).
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said some of Australia’s lowest paid workers can now look forward to equitable wages for the essential work they do.
UnitingCare looks forward to working with the Australian Government to deliver a robust aged care workforce strategy that will underpin a sustainable future for the aged care industry. Key areas that must be addressed include:
1. training and skills development, to support entry and transition to the aged care sector, as well as new skills to meet the needs of an innovative and responsive industry;
2. raising the profile of the sector as a potential employer, and ensuring that conditions and career pathways reflect the importance of aged care to community wellbeing; and
3. research and development in the sector, to ensure quality and efficiency outcomes and to capture the potential of aged care, as a growing service industry, to contribute socially and economically.