LASA Next Gen

Proud Community Partner of LASA Next Gen

LASA Next Gen is a national initiative to attract the best and brightest young leaders and professionals to steer the age services industry through a period of unprecedented growth, change and transformation. We are ensuring the changing face of aged care is recognised and our career pathways are seen as dynamic, innovative and life-changing opportunities.


Engaging our Next Generation talent

LASA Next Gen is building a strong network of leaders for the age services sector, ensuring all ages are engaged in aged care discussions and have the skills to shape and lead the workplaces of today and tomorrow. Our community includes individuals and organisations from across Australia (LASA Members and non-Members too!)

It’s all about recognising and disrupting our workforce challenges by building the capacity of our next generation leaders to see the opportunities that surround us, and develop new strategies to execute change and innovation.


Our current achievements include:

  • Sharing the LASA Next Gen vision and highlighting the passion of young industry leaders to 6,700+ industry leaders since March 2019
  • Creation of the Next Gen Young Leaders Award as part of the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards program
  • The successful LASA Next Gen Ambassador initiative (click here to learn more)
  • Regular and interactive events for young industry professionals – created by young leaders for young leaders
  • Growing the profile and supporting young age service leaders through speaking engagements, media publications and industry promotions
  • Our growing network of Community Partners – organisations committed to ensuring we have a strong, resilient workforce for our future (click here to learn more)


Led by Principal Advisor Next Gen, Samantha Bowen, our team has strong experience in building programs and events for young leaders in age services. As young leaders ourselves we’ve experienced many of the same challenges our industry’s young professionals are facing. This passion for supporting and co-creating with the next generation is in our DNA.


How can individuals get involved?


How can your organisation be involved?

We’re here to support all aged care organisations to build stronger connections with their Next Gen talent. Be it highlighting your current superstars, collaborating on new initiatives, sharing resources, and/or highlighting the incredible role-models we have in our sector.

  • Become a Community Partner
    Are you ready to partner with LASA Next Gen?
    Join us to engage your young talent in the discussion about our industry’s future and ensure we have a strong, resilient workforce for our future. Our Community Partners are invited to join our events, build awareness of initiatives that engage their young leaders, share their expertise and join us in supporting our industry’s young leaders – and so much more!
    Click here to learn about becoming a Community Partner today.
  • Share LASA Next Gen
    Our article, events and online channels are building a strong community of young industry leaders. Be part of raising the voice of our next generation leaders and show them the great opportunities that surround us all.
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Who is a Next Gen Leader?

All individuals under 40 who are (or aspire to be) in leadership roles within or supporting the age services industry. We’re in clinical (care workers, nurses, allied health) and non-clinical professions (IT, chefs, cleaners, managers, architects, lawyers) plus entrepreneurs/business owners – and more. We are an industry-wide initiative supporting young people across Australia with a passion for building a strong age service sector – including those who are not LASA Members.

Why under 40?

In Australia, the number of Generation Y and Z working in aged care continues to grow, but we need more young workers to meet the growing demands of our sector. The aged care industry does not have a targeted, national approach to ensuring our current and future workforce of under 40s are attracted, recruited, retained, and inspired to enter into ageing careers. This is evident in our workforce statistics showing that under 35s make up less than 25% of our clinical and allied health workforce AND the average age of our workforce is significantly higher than the current Australian average.

What are ‘leadership roles’?

Leadership is the action of leading others to achieve and succeed. We don’t have to be identified by our organisations to have these ‘leadership roles’ through job titles, but we know others see us as being change-makers, project supporters, and advocates to do more. We don’t accept the status quo and we are keen to connect with thinkers and doers who feel the same.

How do I become a member of LASA Next Gen?

We love people joining us on our mission to connect and support young leaders in age services. Join our mailing list for more information on how to engage further in our programs and events. Click here to join our mailing list!

I’m keen to be involved in Next Gen … but I’m over 40

While our initiatives are focused on those under 40, we don’t check IDs at our events. Many of our initiatives are not age exclusive, they are designed to cater to current and emerging leaders – particularly those in our younger age demographics. If you do not identify as a ‘younger’ leader, you are welcome to join us! Plus your expertise and experience can help in Mentoring, sharing our programs, and being involved in other ways – Reach out and let’s have a chat:

I’m not currently employed in aged care, but really interested in getting involved!

LASA Next Gen is a huge advocate of supporting all people (school leavers, university students, new grad, and people transitioning from different industries) to see the vast career opportunities in age services. You are welcome to join our growing community and attend any of our events or programs! We also have some great resources that can answer your questions about entering into our sector and the support available to you.

  • Discover our growing list of career and job options (it’s HUGE!)
  • Exploring aged care careers: Tips and resources
  • Email us! We have amazing young leaders ready to talk to you about their career journey, passion for age services and how they found the support they need to excel in our sector.


Have more questions?
Reach out and let’s chat about how Next Gen can benefit you and your organisation: