Aged Care

ACWIC’s closure paves way for sector growth


In recognition of significant changes in the aged care sector’s landscape since its establishment in 2019, the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) has made the decision to wind up its operations.

This measured step was taken with great consideration and is not a reflection of the organisation’s commendable efforts, staff and leadership.

ACWIC’s valuable contributions to the aged care workforce have shaped important reforms, including the acceptance of the Royal Commission’s recommendation to improve wages for aged care workers.

ACWIC’s Deputy Chair, Graeme Prior, emphasised that the closure of ACWIC presents an opportunity for the sector to reflect on the significant achievements made thus far and build upon the foundation laid by the organisation.

“ACWIC’s achievements will continue to benefit the sector for years to come. We are proud of the work our organisation has achieved to deliver continuous improvement, resources and support for the sector.”

“We are grateful to ACWIC’s dedicated staff, stakeholders and the sector who have contributed to the work of the organisation and positively supported the aged care workforce to deliver quality care to older Australians and their families,”  Prior added.

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Despite the closure, ACWIC is committed to ensuring that critical learning, intelligence, and resources developed during its tenure are preserved. The Board recognises that the transformation of the aged care workforce’s capacity and capability is pivotal to delivering quality care to older Australians and their families.

ACWIC leaves behind a profound impact, with key achievements that have benefited the sector and will continue to do so in the years to come. These include the development of a free online Workforce Planning Tool, providing valuable data to improve care delivery, and launching a social change campaign to celebrate the diverse roles in aged care, reaching 1.7 million Australians in 2021.

The importance of building and equipping the aged care workforce remains central to realising the intent of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommendations. ACWIC welcomes the commencement of Stage 3 of the aged care work value case in the Fair Work Commission and urges all parties to work together to support a timely resolution and full pay rises for all aged care workers.

ACWIC acknowledges the challenges faced by its staff and stakeholders during this transitional phase. To aid them in considering future employment options, ACWIC is providing support services, including counselling and career guidance.

The aged care sector stands poised to carry forward the legacy of ACWIC’s transformative achievements, ensuring that the care and support provided to older Australians and their families continues to improve and flourish.

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.


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