Aged Care Worker Certification Programme is Scheduled to Launch in 2023

The revised Aged Care Act and the Labor Government's pledge to establish a universal registration system for caregivers will be brought to Parliament in 2023.
By: Guidestar Training & Professional Services
 
MELBOURNE, Australia - Aug. 6, 2022 - PRLog -- The revised Aged Care Act and the Labor Government's pledge to establish a universal registration system for caregivers will be brought to Parliament in 2023.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's recommended approach, nevertheless, was rejected by the previous administration (AHPRA).

The enrollment programme has been put back into preparation by the Labor Government with other elderly care reforms, and the Health Department is delaying bringing the issue before Parliament until the following year to enable stakeholder feedback.

"We have investigated and heard directly from the industry who support us and they wish that we spend the necessary time to do this right," a representative for the Health Department said.

The national registration plan of the last Coalition Government, which wasn't scheduled to start for yet another 24 months, is still being implemented before this effort.

English language proficiency criteria, a criminal background check, and continuous professional development standards for aged care professionals are anticipated to be included in the 2023 registration system.

In order to address the concerns of abuse, neglect, and subpar treatment discovered by the  Ageing Care support (https://guidestartraining.com.au/certificate-iv-in-ageing...), an independent statutory registration agency for aged care employees was formed in 2019. However, membership in this independent organisation was voluntary, thus elderly care providers had to do it themselves.

The Sydney Morning Herald was informed by the Health Services Union (https://hsu.net.au/) NSW that although the union supports the registration of aged care workers, it wants to prevent the program from being used as a "punitive" way of measuring and believes that employees shouldn't be required to pay for their registration to a federal database.

The Aged Care Royal Commission's first conclusions at the time, according to Janet Lawrence, the founder and CEO of the Australian College of Care Workers (ACCW), highlighted the fact that the aged care industry required its workforce's confidence and responsibility to be rebuilt.

Aged and Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) interim chief executive officer Paul Sadler stated the organisation supports the new registration method. According to him, delaying the law until next year will give more time to perfect the worker registration procedure. He made this statement to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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