The new Entry into Care Roles Skill Set

22 May 2020

The new Entry into Care Roles Skill Set was jointly announced by the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP on Thursday 21 May 2020. The new skill set, developed in consultation with industry, is designed to boost the aged care and disability support workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery phase by rapidly upskilling people to work in these sectors.

Led by the Human Services Care Skills Organisation Pilot, the new national skill set was fast-tracked through the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) Emergency Response Sub-committee and has now been endorsed. The skill set and supporting companion material for RTOs are now available on training.gov.au and VETNet. 

The COVID-19 environment has required the establishment of innovative and flexible training solutions so a large proportion of the units in this skill set can be tailored for online delivery.  

The Australian Government is also providing support to job seekers to assist them in exploring the range of training opportunities, roles and career opportunities available in the aged care and disability services sector and apply for jobs. Information for job seekers can be found on the jobs-hub website while new training and skill development opportunities will be promoted through the myskills website

Please note that RTOs regulated by ASQA should follow normal processes for adding the new units to their scope. Please visit the ASQA website for further information. RTOs regulated by the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council and the Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority should follow normal processes for adding new units to their scope.