The government should open an immigration channel for the elderly care industry: Report


Australia’s shortage of elderly care workers has doubled to 35,000 in less than a year, according to a new report recommending the government to attract foreign migrants to the industry.

The Duty of Care: Crisis Elderly Care Sector report released by the Australian Economic Development Commission (CEDA) on June 28 shows that the challenges posed by government inaction and pandemics are a shortage of staff in the elderly care industry. Shows that it has exacerbated the crisis.

“If this level of labor shortage continues, we will not have enough workforce to meet the basic standard of care recommended by the Royal Commission,” said Cassandra Windsor, senior economist at CEDA, in a statement.

“Slight levels of migration and increased levels of migration in this sector are estimated to be about 65,000 workers annually, exacerbating existing shortages.”

The Albaniji government has promised to place a 24-hour registered nurse in home care to increase mandatory care hours, but Windsor will fulfill these promises if the workforce does not recover. I find it difficult.

The report recommends that the government include the personal care sector in its temporary or permanent skills immigration list or introduce new “essential skills” visas.

In addition, the government is proposing to develop low-cost retraining options for those returning to the industry to improve their skills and attract workers.

“Breakpoints for many”

The elderly care industry, which had already faced a staff shortage before COVID-19, is getting worse due to the pandemic.

“Elderly care is central to many COVID-19 outbreaks, resulting in more difficult working conditions and the staff themselves becoming ill,” Windsor said.

“This was a break point for many for the workforce that had already burned out before COVID-19. Many chose to leave this sector during periods of low unemployment.”

The report also found that the sector could lose about 65,000 workers annually, and an additional 8,000 workers need to improve their services to meet international standards.

However, Paul Sadler, Interim CEO of the Elderly and Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), believes it is far more than needed.

“We believe it could approach 20,000,” he told Nine News.

Australian hospitals are also facing a staff shortage, and Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrew wants to hire skilled immigrants from abroad to tackle the crisis of state hospital staff.

A Investigation According to the Australian Federation of Nursing and Midwifery in March 2022, one in five workers will leave their jobs within the next 12 months, and nearly two in five will leave their jobs within one to five years. I found out that I was planning to quit.

Epoch Times Sydney Staff

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