A community services sector is an integral part of our country’s civil society and serves a hugely important role for people in need and their families. This includes aged care, disability services, allied health, and housing services that are accessible and affordable to all Australians.
This means adequate and targeted funding, a professional and flexible workforce, and quality services available where they are needed. This is achieved through comprehensive planning and cooperative delivery that is focused on quality, not just cost.
Most Australians will, at some stage, need to engage with the community services sector. If not as a client, then as the parent or child of a client. Care services will increasingly be focused on enabling people to stay in their homes; clients need to be consulted to ensure services meet their needs.
Achieving a sustainable future for the care industry will depend on development of an innovative and responsive industry. Raising the profile of the sector as a potential employer is both one of the greatest challenges and an opportunity.
Conditions and career pathways must reflect the importance of care to community well-being.