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Macquarie Aged Care is holding a Policy Forum on October 26.

This seminar in the Macquarie Aged Care Policy Forum series takes up questions of workforce development that remain as ’unfinished business‘ from the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Australian Government‘s response.  It will be presented as part of the Australian Social Policy Conference, convened by the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

The chair is Prof Gabrielle Meagher, Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University

Presenters are

  • Annie Butler from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Prof Denise Jepson from the Centre for Ageing and Aged Care, School of Management, Macquarie University
  • Prof Gabrielle Meagher from the Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University

The Aged Care Royal Commission‘s 13 recommendations covered the four areas of workforce planning: registration and minimum qualifications; education, training and skills development; and pay and conditions.  While the Government has accepted most of the recommendations, at least in principle, actions to be taken are spread across the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council and other bodies, a broad whole-of-Government Care Workforce Strategy and the JobTrainer Fund, and also depend on decisions of the Fair Work Commission.

Speakers at the seminar will assess the adequacy of these responses, the prospects for successful implementation and the scale and nature of outcomes that can be realised in the short and longer term.  The focus will be on the residential aged care workforce and the capacity for building capability for workforce development across the sector.

Each speaker will provide a brief paper identifying the major aspects of aged care workforce policy on which they consider further action is necessary. These will be available online ahead of the seminar. In the first part of the seminar, each speaker will briefly talk to their paper, followed by a discussion among panel members.  The second part of the seminar will provide the opportunity for questions and comments by other participants.

The seminar will be online via Zoom and is free. You can register directly here:


Registration and the full program for the full Australian Social Policy Conference, to be held online from Monday 25 October to Friday 5 November (also free) is available here:


Missed the first seminar? Listen on ABC Radio National Big Ideas, from 18 October, on radio, online or by podcast.

Final Seminar for 2021:  Tuesday 7 December, System Design: Reshaping aged care in the home and community