The Age Services Industry Reference Committee with support from Skills IQ is developing a stand-alone and specialised qualification for entry-level workers in the age services industry.
The proposed new Certificate III in Care Support will replace the current Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing). It is being developed in response to recommendations from the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce report A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
Skills IQ is accepting feedback until Friday 6 December and this is an important opportunity for LASA Members to have their say on the industry’s future training requirements.
Initial consultation in early 2019 raised concerns about the implications of the proposed qualification on other workforce streams such as Disability and Home & Community Care, noting that this very concern was the driver behind the creation of the current Certificate III in Individual Support.
Feedback reiterated that many aged care workers – particularly in regional, rural and remote areas – are often required to assist people from both of these groups.
Many people requiring aged care support are also living with varying forms of disability and are selecting home and community care, which requires workers to have skills and knowledge in these areas. This is particularly the case since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
As a result of feedback, the ASIRC recommended that Draft 2 of the proposed new qualification be modelled on the current Certificate III in Individual Support, with amended packaging rules to make it more broadly applicable across the Ageing, Disability and Home and Community Care sectors. It was also agreed that:
- The proposed target group are workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.
- The qualification provides three specialisation choices
- The electives within the qualification will relate to either Ageing specialisation (Group A), Disability specialisation (Group B), Home and Community Care specialisation (Group C), Aged Care electives (Group D) or Other electives (Group E). In order to acquire the Certificate III in Care Support (Ageing), a candidate will be required to complete a total of 13 Units of Competency, comprising 7 core Units plus 6 electives.