Industry establishments provide long-term aged-care accommodation, including government-approved residential aged-care accommodation and retirement villages. Many industry establishments provide residential aged-care services across the entire spectrum of dependency, from independent living units and low-care options, through to high-care and specialist care (such as dementia care) in line with ageing-in-place principles.
The Aged Care Residential Services industry is in the growth phase of its life cycle and it has performed strongly over the past five years. Structural reforms have aided this growth as the government has sought to develop a more consumer- driven, marketbased aged-care system. In 2012, the Federal Government introduced the first stage of the 10-year Living Longer Living Better (LLLB) reform package. The package was designed to address several issues, including funding, payments, quality of care, and workforce challenges. Touted as the first major reform to aged care in 25 years, the second wave of changes commenced on 1 July 2014 with further changes coming into e ect on 1 July 2015. These changes have included removing the distinction between high and low care in residential aged care, new accommodation payment arrangements, alterations to means testing and the move towards market-based accommodation prices for non-supported residents.
The primary activities of this industry are:
- Providing residential accommodation for the elderly in approved residential care facilities
- Providing accommodation for the elderly in retirement villages
The major products and services in this industry are:
- Residential aged-care facilities
- Retirement villages
It is important for you as an aged care candidate, and as a modern employee, to be aware of the key industry trends, practices, upcoming changes, government proposals and major players that swap the future of the industry and your employment.
Many national, semi-legal and advisory bodies exist within the aged-care industry and we recommend that you visit these regularly to be in touch with the latest and the upcoming. Here we have listed the key bodies in this sector that will provide you with the latest updates from the government and the industry:
www.aihw.gov.au | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A government organisation providing national health data and statistics for the community.
www.health.gov.au | Department of Health
Health Department’s dedicated aged-care and ageing portal for all the relevant information.
www.australianageingagenda.com.au | Australian Ageing Agenda
A news website for people who work in or around the broad aged services and retirement living sectors in Australia.
www.lasa.asn.au | Leading Age Services Australia
LASA is the national peak body representing providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living.
www.retirementliving.org.au | Retirement Living
A private body supporting the industry through marketing, research and advocacy of the aged-care.
www.acsa.asn.au | Australian Ageing Agenda
ACSA is the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations that provide accommodation and care services.
www.naca.asn.au | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The NACA is a body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions and health professionals
www.agedcareguild.com.au | Department of Health
The Aged Care Guild is an association of the nine largest Residential Aged Care for profit providers in the industry.
We provide our candidates with the best opportunities and we work hard with them to ensure that they understand the recruitment process of the industry, know how to prepare themselves for the selection process and to help them find their favourite jobs with the best providers. This is where you start looking for jobs. We have listed here the leading jobs portals within the aged care sector. Visit each and find out more about how to apply, how to prepare and how to get what you have been dreaming about: