NaCWA receives QCC Round 1 funding for Queensland Pilot

The Aged Care Workforce Alliance (now known as the National Care Workforce Alliance, or NaCWA) was one of seven organisations announced today who will be sharing in more than $1 in funding to boost health and community services workforces across Queensland.

Funded by the Queensland Care Consortium, a partnership between Jobs Queensland and industry, the projects will focus on supporting priority cohorts to participate in Queensland’s workforce and fill service gaps in the sector.

The successful applicants will implement projects to support workforce development, attraction and retention in the health and community services sectors and pave the way for the future of the sector. The full list of successful applicants is:

  • Apunipima’s Cape York Health Council (Cape York – 11 communities): $258,934
  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development (Rockhampton): $58,000
  • Aged Care Workforce Alliance (statewide): $165,000
  • Multicultural Australia (South East Queensland): $148,926
  • Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (Brisbane): $164,970
  • True Relationships and Reproductive Health (statewide): $150,000
  • Mater Misericordiae Ltd (Brisbane): $109,200

In announcing the successful organisations, the Queensland he Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice,
Di Farmer said “The Queensland Government is committed to creating a skilled workforce for Queensland and good jobs for Queenslanders.

“Hospital, social assistance services and residential care services are predicted to grow by more than 20 per cent by 2024-25 and we need attract and retain workers in the health and community services sector.

“This funding will enable seven organisations to implement local solutions to address local workforce issues from Cape York to Brisbane and west to Woorabinda.

“The Aged Care Workforce Alliance will receive $165,000 to support young people into the workforce with the development of a ‘digital skills and mobility passport’ that will assist with training, recruitment and rostering.

“These innovative projects are helping those who experience disadvantage in the workforce to find good jobs, while providing vital services that support our communities.”

Professor Laurie Buys from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) who are spearheading the alliance, said that the grant funding provided by QCC would enable this unique alliance to bring their ideas to life.

“The care workforce is in crisis, not only in Queensland but across Australia. Our alliance is the first time that industry have come together with researchers and technology providers to develop a solution to help attract, reward and retain workers in the care sector. It’s a critical project for the long term sustainability of the sector, and this funding from QCC is essential to enable us to pilot the project with our team members in Queensland.

The formation of the QCC is part of Jobs Queensland’s Health and Community Services Sectors Workforce Development project, a multi-year commitment to plan, develop and deliver practical workforce solutions driven by industry, for industry.

The establishment of the QCC is in support of the Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032.

For more information about the Queensland Care Consortium visit https://jobsqueensland.qld.gov.au/current-partnerships/queensland-care-consortium/

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