LABOR WELCOMES AGED CARE GUILD

Labor welcomes the official launch of the Aged Care Guild and the announcement of the new Chief Executive Officer, Cameron O’Reilly.

The Aged Care Guild brings together nine of Australia’s biggest aged care providers, that will provide a united push for Turnbull Government to continue rolling out Labor’s Living Longer Living Better (LLLB) aged care reforms.
 
We look forward to working with the Guild and other peak bodies to address the aged care workforce crisis. Labor recognises that the workforce is essential to meeting the increasing demands of an ageing population and safeguarding the sustainability and quality of our aged care
 
The Liberal Government has failed to address workforce issues. We are still waiting for the stocktake of Government funded workforce initiatives, which was announced 18 months ago, to be completed, let alone a strategy.

Labor calls on Minister Sussan Ley to release the stocktake if it has been completed or to get on with the job and finish it so that work can begin on developing a coherent strategy.

The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s failure to produce a plan to deal with the critical shortages of workers is putting older Australian’s, workers and the sector at risk.
 
Labor has always enjoyed working with the aged care community and sector, and looks forward to working with the Aged Care Guild to ensure that Australia has a high quality, sustainable aged care system into the future.
 
The ageing of our population and significant shortage in the aged care and services workforce cannot continue to be ignored by the Liberal Government.