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New Action Plan to address skills shortages in regional disability sector


The Victorian Government is supporting the creation of an independent action plan to prepare Victoria’s Great South Coast for current and future growth of the disability and aged care sector, and to attract more people to work in the region.

The $195,000 grant from the Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan will enable the Great South Coast (GSC) Regional Partnership and Community Southwest to develop a Regional Disability Sector Workforce Needs Analysis and Action Plan.

The Action Plan will be developed in collaboration with a number of supporting agencies to maximise the impact of the plan’s recommendations. These include Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and Training, the Office of Victorian Skills Commissioner, SWTAFE, Deakin University, and health providers represented by Western District Health.

In regional Victoria, the sector is expected to grow rapidly in coming years to support the volume required under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Action Plan will analyse the current and future skills needs and shortages in the disability and aged care workforce across the Great South Coast. It will also review the current training available in the region and identify gaps. Supplementing the Action Plan will be a communications and population attraction plan to raise awareness of the regional disability and aged care sector as a career of choice for both local jobseekers, those living in metropolitan areas, as well as the region’s young people.

Recommendations from the Action Plan will be presented to Government through the GSC Regional Partnership and shared amongst all Victorian Regional Partnerships to ensure best practices are adopted across Victoria.

The development of the Action Plan will begin this month and is expected to be delivered to Government in early 2020.

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