Inaugural Chair announced
The Council has appointed Libby Lyons as its inaugural independent Chair, commencing 1 July 2021. The former Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) will lead the Council in delivering workforce reform for the aged care industry.
Ms Lyons brings world class leadership and change management experience, having been a vocal advocate for gender equality for many years on a global scale. Ms Lyons said that the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council has made exceptional inroads in the delivery of A Matter of Care, under the strong leadership of Acting Chair Kevin McCoy, Board Directors, CEO Louise O’Neill and her team.
Ms Lyons is excited to build on the momentum and work in collaboration with all industry partners who share in the vision of having a respected, skilled and well supported workforce. Read more here.
Consultation on the Voluntary Industry Code of Practice complete
The Council is pleased to report that consultation on the Voluntary Industry Code of Practice (the Code) for the aged care sector is now complete. This is the first part of a longer conversation with the sector on how the Code can be adopted by providers and monitored by the Council.
Overview of the Code
The Code is designed for aged care providers to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement. It supports providers to:
- embed best practice;
- set out aspirations for continuous improvement, and
- transparently communicate their intentions and outcomes annually to older people, their families and carers, as well as their workforce.
The Code enable providers to benchmark their performance against each other in a transparent and productive way. It will allow prospective and current employees, as well as older Australians, their families and carers (as service users) to compare the market, enabling an informed choice for all.
The Code was launched on 5 February 2021 by Senator Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services.