Past Events


Here are some of the events that have been held recently as part of the BLCW Program. For all current events, you can see the upcoming events page.

NEW SOUTH WALES 

Sydney
Aged and Disability Workforce Roundtable
08/08/2019
‘Your Side Aged Care’ and the NSW BLCW team held a roundtable on Sydney’s Northshore to discuss staff recruitment and retention in aged care and disability services.
The teams agreed to a collaborative approach to future recruitment, and a follow up session will be held soon.

Orange
Early Childhood Early Intervention Roundtable
21/08/2019
A roundtable co-hosted by Orange District Early Education Program (ODEEP) and BLCW on Early Childhood Early Intervention was held in Orange in late August.
It was an opportunity for service providers to network, collaborate and develop partnerships to address the gaps in service delivery of Early Childhood Early Intervention in regional New South Wales.

Virtual
NDIS Customer Focused Marketing & Communications Webinar
17/11/2020
The BLCW Program teamed up with Charles Sturt University to deliver an interactive session on marketing and communications. These sessions were designed to help providers market their services to participants.

 

VICTORIA

Frankston
Innovative approaches to address the shortage of allied health workers
28/09/2019
Disability service providers in and around Frankston shared their experiences using allied health assistants and teletherapy where the allied health workforce could not meet demand.
Providers also spoke about challenges with delays in assistive technologies and home modifications.

Virtual
How we Play Better in the Playground
20/05/2021
In partnership with the Eastern Disability Services Network, BLCW facilitated an interactive, virtual panel discussion with representatives from the NDIA, National Disability Services and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NQSC). Topics included:  who to speak with when and how; what is reasonable for us to expect from each other; best practice tips for engagement with the NDIA and NQSC; managing the rumour mill. Panellists included: Philippa Angley, Simon Christopher, Toni van Hamond and Steve Lowe.

Virtual
Effective Recruitment in Changing Times
31/03/2021
The BLCW Program along with the People and Culture Group, Sunrise2Sunrise and Kirinari hosted a webinar on effective recruitment in changing times.

Virtual
Demystifying Shared Supports Webinar
14/05/2021
The BLCW Program presented a Webinar on how to train your workforce in shared living environments. The Webinar provided an insight into NDIS participants perspectives and experiences as well as lessons learnt from current providers. Attendees were able to learn about tools and guides available to assist in best practice supports. The virtual event featured; Alecia Rathbone, Shanais Nielsen, Prof. Christine Bigby, Racheal Stoll, Rhys Gorman and Sharen Aitchison.

Virtual
Ideas to Reality in NDIS
19/08/2021
This seminar explored some of the great examples of where providers have changed the way they do things, what were the enablers to getting it done, what were the barriers and potentially, what were some of take home messages or learnings for future developments. 

Frankston
Care and Support Sector – Career Profiling
22/02/2022
This event showcased the multiple and diverse job opportunities within the care and support sector and presented the desired skills and attributes required to enter the sector. Attendees (Employment Service Providers) gained insights into the roles and learnt how to positively promote the sector to jobseekers.

Exploring Careers in the Disability, Care and Support Sector
3/03/2022
4/03/2022
This event showcased the multiple and diverse job opportunities within the care and support sector and presented the desired skills and attributes required to enter the sector. Attendees (Employment Service Providers) of this audience gained insights into the roles within the care and support sector under the NDIS and learnt how to enhance their own ability to identify job seekers suited to the sector and positively profile the sector to these job seekers.

Workforce Planning for the Care & Support Sector
Boosting the Local Care Workforce provided a free interactive workshop on how to take advantage of the available tools to deliver a quality workforce plan that meets needs now and into the future. Attendees heard from industry leaders, Human Services Skills Organisation and a local Employment Facilitator about the benefits of workforce planning and the positive impact this will have on recruitment and retention practices.

Shepparton
26 July 2022
9:30am – 3:00pm (AEST)
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workforce-planning-in-the-care-and-support-sector-shepparton-tickets-354916042437

Geelong
27 July 2022
9:30am – 3:00pm (AEST)
Registration details - - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workforce-planning-in-the-care-and-support-sector-geelong-tickets-380010871747

Morwell
28 July 2022
9:30am – 3:00pm (AEST)
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workforce-planning-in-the-care-and-support-sector-morwell-tickets-366150153967

Exploring Careers in the Care and Support Sector
BLCW presented an overview of the many and varied roles available and delved into the how to make these vacancies suitable for your clients and help meet your obligations. Employer/s heard from Care Sector Employers about the type of staff they are looking for. RTO/Training provider learned about training opportunities to skill people for these readily available vacancies and how to secure work.
13/09/2022

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Kalgoorlie
NDIS Regional Employment Opportunities
18/09/2019
Local BLCW coordinators hosted an event with the Department of Training and Workforce Development and Central Regional TAFE.
The groups identified strategies for workforce development and planning in Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields region with a focus on increasing Aboriginal workforce participation. A number of options were discussed including funding initiatives from WA Social Assistance and associated sector aligned funding training through Pre-Traineeship Program and Enterprise Training Program initiatives.
During this meeting, the group also expressed interest in forming a ‘Goldfields Regional Community Services Working Group’ to feed into Council of Regional Disability Services (CORDS), BLCW Program, Social Assistance and Allied Health Working Group (SAAHWG).

Community Services: Regional Round Table Consultations
Perth South Metro – Perth CBD
20/10/2020
Peel – Mandurah
22/10/2020
South West – Bunbury
27/10/2020
Great Southern – Albany
29/10/2020
Goldfields/Esperance – Kalgoorlie
19/11/2020
East Kimberley - Kununurra
13/05/2021
Goldfields/Esperance – Ravensthorpe
23/06/2021
Goldfields/Esperance - Hopetoun
24/06/2021
Local BLCW Coordinators facilitated a round table for Providers and Stakeholders within the Community Services Sector to identify workforce challenges and gaps being experienced within the region. 

Virtual
NDIS Customer Focused Marketing & Communications Webinar
17/11/2020
The BLCW Program teamed up with Charles Sturt University to deliver an interactive session on marketing and communications. These sessions were designed to help providers market their services to participants.

Virtual

Traineeships - A Pathway to the Future Webinar

18/02/2021

The BLCW Program in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA) presented a webinar to support continued workforce growth and development in the Disability and Aged Care sectors. 

 

Regional Advisory Working Group

Local BLCW Coordinators hosted a series of Regional Advisory Working Groups to provide an ongoing platform to escalate identified challenges and gaps experienced within the region. 

Goldfields/Esperance - Kalgoorlie
23/02/2021

Wheatbelt/Northam
09/03/2021

Peel / Mandurah
11/03/2021

North Perth
16/03/2021

South Perth
16/03/2021
Bunbury
18/03/2021
Peel
23/03/2021

Esperance
25/03/2021
Geraldton 
30/03/2021

Kimberley 
11/05/2021

Wheatbelt
20/05/2021
Peel
25/05/2021
Goldfields-Esperance
01/06/2021
Kalgoorlie

03/06/2021

Bunbury
14/06/2021
Albany
17/06/2021
Wheatbelt
22/07/2021
Bunbury
26/07/2021
Albany
28/07/2021
Peel
29/07/2021
Esperance
03/08/2021
Kalgoorlie
05/08/2021

Peel
12/08/2021
Pilbara
14/09/2021
West Kimberley
21/09/2021
Wheatbelt
5/10/2021
Peel
8/10/2021
Great Southern
12/10/2021
Esperance
21/10/2021
Kalgoorlie
9/11/2021
Kalgoorlie
7/12/2021

Broome
09/03/2022

East Kimberley

19/05/2022

Kalgoorlie

23/06/2022

Pilbara

09/08/2022

South-West

14/09/2022

 

Virtual
Employment Services - A Service For You and Your Business

19/03/2021

The BLCW Program in collaboration with AtWork Australia, Matchworks, Skill Hire and South Metropolitan Youth Link (SMYL) hosted a webinar to support continued workforce growth and development in the Disability and Aged Care sectors. Information about the services and supports available to employers from across JobActive (JA), Disability Employment Services (DES), Transition to Work (TTW), Parents Next, Employability Skills Training and Career Transition Assistance was provided.


Virtual
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission - "Who we are and what we do"

31/03/2021

The BLCW Program in collaboration with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission hosted a virtual session discuss the role and responsibilities of the Quality and Safeguards Commission and how this works within the Disability Sector.

Virtual

NDIS Worker Screening in WA - "What you need to know"
13/04/2021

The BLCW Program, in collaboration with the WA Department of Communities Worker Screening Unit, hosted a virtual session on the NDIS Worker Screening Guidelines and Registration process in Western Australia.


Virtual
NDIS Worker Screening – What’s New Virtual Session
30/07/2021
The BLCW Program in collaboration with the Department of Communities - NDIS Worker Screening Unit presented on the NDIS Worker Screening Guidelines and Registration process and updates in Western Australia.

 

Esperance
Recruitment Café
04/08/2021
The BLCW Program, in collaboration with Job and Skills Centres in Western Australia hosted the Care Sector Recruitment CAFÉ, which supported employers in the Aged Care and Disability sectors and provided Job Seekers and Students with information and workforce opportunities. 

Virtual
Traineeships in the Care Sector

10/08/2021
The BLCW Program in collaboration with WA Department of Training and Workforce Development hosted a virtual session which explored the benefits surrounding traineeships and associated supports to employers in the Disability and Aged Care sectors.

Thornlie
Care Sector Recruitment Cafe

11/08/2021
The Care Sector Recruitment CAFÉ, delivered in collaboration between the BLCW Program and Jobs and Skills Centres in Western Australia provided direct engagement and access to employers and prospective workforce, promoting the care sector and workforce opportunities.


Kununurra
East Kimberley Care Sector Reference Group
25/08/2021
The BLCW Program in collaboration with Wunan Foundation facilitated the East Kimberley Case Sector Reference Group. It provided an ongoing platform for the Care Sector to work collaboratively to identify existing challenges and gaps in service delivery across the Aged Care, Disability and Community Services sectors, and work towards the identification and implementation of solutions and outcomes.

South West
After Hours Networking Event
29/09/2021
The BLCW Program partnered with Community Skills WA to host an “After Hours Networking Event,” gathering intelligence on workforce challenges and barriers being faced by the Allied Health sector and discussed strategies to increase capabilities of existing workforce and recruit new workforce.

Virtual
WA Lower Fees Local Skills
11/10/2021
The BLCW Program and WA Department of Training and Workforce Development collaborated to present a session on funded pathways and opportunities that align with the Care and Support Sector workforce.

Esperance
NDIS Information Session
18/10/2021
In collaboration with the BLCW Program, The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) ran an information session about The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it supports people with disability. 

Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun
NDIS Information Session
19/10/2021
In collaboration with the BLCW Program, The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) ran an information session about The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it supports people with disability. 

 

Virtual

Jobs and Skills Centres - Working for Western Australia

4/11/2021

The BLCW Program collaborated with the Department of Training and Workforce Development to present on the supports and services available to industry and jobseekers looking to enter the sector.


East Kimberley
East Kimberley Regional Reference Group Meeting
30/11/2021
The Regional Reference Group provided a platform to bring Care Sector providers and stakeholders together and identified challenges in the East Kimberley.


Virtual
Care and Support Sector Workforce Supports - Migrant Workforce Programs
1/12/2021

The BLCW Program, in collaboration with Department of Home Affairs and WA Department of Training and Workforce Development facilitated a session on current and relevant information and supports related to Migrant Employment Programs in Western Australia. 

 

Virtual
Remote Workforce Roundtable – Care and Support Sector in Remote Regions
9/12/2021
The Remote Workforce Roundtable supported providers across the Community Development Program and Care and Support Sector by connecting, engaging and collaborating on workforce development opportunities in regional and remote Australia.

 

Mandurah

Roundtable event - Benefits of Employing People with Disability
10/12/2021
The BLCW Program partnered with the City of Mandurah and APM Communities to discuss the opportunities and benefits of employing People with Disability within the Care and Support Sector.

Virtual
Care and Support Sector Workforce Supports - Lower Fees Local Skills Program

14/12/2021
The BLCW Program collaborated with the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development to promote available funded pathways and opportunities that aligned to the Care and Support Sector for prospective and current workforce.


Care and Support Sector Regional Workforce Advisory Group

The Regional Advisory Working Group provided an ongoing platform to escalate identified challenges and gaps being experienced in the region. This opportunity provided strategies in utilising existing strengths and partnerships to maximise regional participation and the growth and delivery of services in the care sector.

Peel
01/02/2022
South West
03/02/2022
Esperance Region
08/02/2022
Great Southern
10/02/2022
Kalgoorlie
22/02/2022

South West

13/04/2022

Esperance
3/05/2022

Albany
5/05/2022

Wheatbelt

23/05/2022

West Kimberley

31/05/2022

Peel

03/06/2022

 

Virtual
Care and Support Sector Workforce Supports – CaSS Remote Workforce Training Roundtable
10/03/2022
This session supported providers across both the Community Development Program (CDP) and care and support sector (CaSS) in connecting, engaging and collaborating on workforce development opportunities in regional and remote Australia.

 

Virtual
Care and Support Sector Workforce Supports “Public Housing and My Income”
12/04/2022
The session included a presentation on accessing and retaining Public Housing as community members and jobseekers are within or entering the workforce.

 

Leederville

WA Care and Support Sector Training Forum and Expo – Recruit, Train and Retain
The BLCW Program in collaboration with the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) and Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) Communities facilitated the WA Care and Support Sector Training Forum and Expo – ‘Recruit, Train and Retain’ to support the growing workforce demand across Western Australia. This event included presentations from key stakeholders and service providers as well as a networking and industry expo with stalls from Registered and Group Training Organisations providing services to build the WA Care and Support Sector workforce.
14 July 2022
10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Virtual
RED Grants Goldfields - WA Care and Support Sector Information Sessions (Virtual Session)
BLCW Program in collaboration with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission facilitated an online information session for the Care and Support Sector to access information on the Regional Economic Development Grants program.
Virtual Session
29 July 2022
1:00pm – 2:00pm (AWST)
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/385981419817

Care and Support Sector Boutique Jobs Cafe

Bridgetown
Date – 26 July 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm (AWST)
Registration Details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/337968572097

Margaret River
Date – 28 July 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm (AWST)
Registration Details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/337971179897

BLCW Care Sector Regional Meet and Greet – Karratha Region
This meeting provided a platform for care and support providers and aligned stakeholders to introduce their organisation and gain insight and understanding of how they can work together to increase employment opportunities within the sector. Organisational participation is important in achieving sustainable responses to the service delivery, workforce attraction and retention, training, development and employment. These topics were discussed with the aim to provide organisations with working examples and tips to navigate challenges in the current climate.

10 August 2022
10:00am to 12:00pm (AWST)
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/blcw-care-sector-regional-meet-greet-karratha-region-tickets-390008625297

 

TASMANIA

 

Launceston, Hobart, Devonport
Disability Expo - Gearing Up for Choice and Control
5/9/2019
BLCW was invited to present at three recent Disability Expos across Tasmania. The Expos showcased Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations and sharing knowledge, information and recognition of people with disability. The BLCW presentation was designed to reach employers who could engage in the upcoming Disability Pilot project and gather interest in participation in future projects across the state.

Support Coordinators and Mental Health
14/10/2020 
Local BLCW Coordinators hosted an event for Support Coordinators to learn, connect and practice self-care. Topics included: restrictive practices, hospital and NDIS, housing, allied health, advocacy, guardianship and more!


Virtual
NDIS Customer Focused Marketing & Communications Webinar
24/11/2020
The BLCW Program teamed up with Charles Sturt University to deliver an interactive session on marketing and communications. These sessions were designed to help providers market their services to participants.

Let’s Talk About Portable Long Service Leave
3/03/2022
The Boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) Program in conjunction with the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) invited employers and employees to a virtual presentation (including time for Q&A) on Portable Long Service Leave for the care and support sector in Tasmania.
A speaker from the ACT Long Service Leave Authority provided a general overview of how the scheme operates in the ACT including levy payment arrangements, eligibility and coverage, benefit accruals, statistical information on scheme growth, benefit payment numbers and more. Participants also heard from a representative from TasBuild’s Portable Long Service Leave scheme.

Hobart
5/04/2022
Allied Health Networking Event
An opportunity to network and collaborate with The Boosting the Local Care Workforce Allied Health Subject Matter Specialist (Chantelle Robards).

Virtual
Marketing and its Purpose in the Care and Support Sector
12/04/2022
This webinar provided presentations from a series of guest speakers on the importance of business growth planning, and their experiences with marketing and brand image.

A manager's guide to create thriving workplace culture by avoiding burnout
This workshop was for managers in disability and aged care looking to create thriving workplace cultures without burning out.
Glenorchy
10/06/2022

Devenport
24/06/2022

Glenorchy
Recruit and Retain Staff Using Existing Funding
This forum provided information on Job Trainer opportunities in the care and support sector. There was plenty of time to ask questions, meet RTO’s and hear from other providers about their attraction and retention strategies that are working well. HSSO Skills Development Subject Matter Specialist and Skills Tasmania shared information on current and upcoming projects to support workforce attraction and retention, including a new Workforce Portal, a How to Engage Tool, the Rapid Response Project and a new RPL Project. RTO’s shared information on their latest funded training places for your sector, with an informal meet and greet over morning tea to begin the process of co-designing training to meet your specific needs. The afternoon session was a presentation on workforce planning to assist you and your organisation to understand your workforce needs and how to plan ahead to secure the staff that you need.
30 June 2022
10:00am to 2:00pm
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workforce-planning-in-the-care-and-support-sector-morwell-tickets-366150153967

QUEENSLAND 

Boosting the NDIS Market- Making Workforce and Businesses work. 
South West QLD Region
22/09/2020
North QLD Region
29/09/2020
North Coast, Fraser Coast & Burnett Regions
06/10/2020
South East QLD Region
13/10/2020
Central QLD Region
22/10/2020
An online event for industry stakeholders in Queensland that explored ways to strengthen business capacity to grow and meet the market created by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This included hearing insights about insights that supports NDIS business to grow; sharing experience about the local NDIS market and workforce supply; and finding local resources to thrive and grow your NDIS business. 

Virtual
NDIS Customer Focused Marketing & Communications Webinar
25/11/2020
The BLCW Program teamed up with Charles Sturt University to deliver an interactive session on marketing and communications. These sessions were designed to help providers market their services to participants.

Virtual
Recruitment in Changing Times
11/02/2021
BLCW Coordinators in Queensland hosted a conversation around recruitment in changing times. The event showcased stories of two employers, their unique journeys navigating the NDIS and the tricky world of recruitment.

Virtual
Why do all the good ones leave? Exploration of retention strategies
15/04/2021
The BLCW Program and Community Service Industry Alliance (CSIA) worked together to provide a session on retention strategies. The virtual event offered participants a great opportunity to learn from HR professionals and disability sector practitioners while also providing the participants with an interactive experience.

Rockhampton
CQ Health and Community Services Workforce Forum
01/07/2021
This workshop brought together skills eco-system stakeholders to define quality practices in recruitment of staff and to identify and combat the key issues pertaining to encouraging job seekers to consider the industry as a career. The day showcased quality practice in vocational training at the secondary school level, mainstream vocational education and training information that supported employers to obtain quality trained and/or experienced staff. Participants had the opportunity to collaborate and share learnings for future “best practice” in recruitment and retention of workers for the sector and be part of an ongoing working group.

Virtual
Workforce Planning for Care and Support Services
06/07/2021
This interactive online session provided an introduction to workforce planning and shared information and tools to assist organisations in undertaking workforce planning.

Rockhampton
Growing the Care & Support Workforce
30/08/2021
This workshop provided information on the quality practices in recruitment, how to encourage job seekers to consider the care and support sector as a career pathway, how to understand the issues of the Health and Community Services sector, and offered insight into best practice in recruitment and retention of workers for the sector. 

Townsville
Partnering to Grow the Aged Care Workforce
22/09/2021
BLCW and the Local Jobs Program hosted a workshop that assisted in developing relationships and identified strategies to address the challenges related to growing the aged care workforce in NQ.

Virtual
Workforce Planning Connect - User Testing Session (Beginners and Experienced Sessions)
9/12/2021
BLCW in partnership with WorkAbility hosted a user testing session for the Workforce Planning Connect Toolkit. The session engaged workforce planners from the sector who provided feedback on the effectiveness of the Toolkit before its release in 2022.

Virtual
Sole Trader and Small Business Network
1/03/2022
The Boosting the Local Care Workforce and Capricorn Community Development Association invited participants to hear from the National Disability Services Senior Sector Development Officer Melinda Everett, on what you need to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) into the future.

West End
Partnering to Grow the Aged Care Workforce
16/03/2022
Explored opportunities to work collaboratively in addressing the challenges related to growing the aged care workforce in North Queensland. This event focused on: relationship building (with a commitment to exploring opportunities for developing cooperation, collaboration and coordination), and sharing/promoting ideas, resources and opportunities that address workforce challenges.

Virtual
Navigating the New SCHADS Award Changes
12/05/2022
Boosting the Local Care Workforce partnered with Australian Services Union, Employment Innovations, and other relevant stakeholders to deliver an overview of the new SCHADS changes; provide insights into what you can do to prepare for the changes and; showcase available supports, information and resources.

Townsville
Partnering to Grow The Aged Care Workforce
25/05/2022
Explored the opportunities to work collaboratively to address the challenges to growing the aged care workforce in North QLD.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Woodville
Health & Community Service Summit
18/09/2019
The BLCW team in South Australia presented a half day workshop on contemporary approaches within the allied health sector, the use of allied health assistants and other innovations available under the NDIS.
The workshop revealed an interesting paradox: service providers were seeking good potential staff and students were unaware of employment opportunities in the disability sector. The lack of awareness by students seems to be largely due to universities not incorporating disability and age care courses in their curriculum.
Career hub managers of South Australian universities are now looking at addressing this.

Disaster and Pandemic Ready!

21/10/2020
28/10/2020
29/10/2020
An event series to empower you and your organisation's disaster and pandemic planning and preparedness. These sessions are for organisations at every stage of preparedness. The latest insights, resources and information gained through disaster and the recent COVID-19 pandemic events will be explored throughout the session. 

Adelaide
Strong and Capable
09/06/2021
This two-hour event aimed to help existing and emerging NDIS Providers explore opportunities to increase their business and become a more successful and impactful NDIS Provider.

Port Pirie
Free Carer Information Forum
10/06/2021
The BLCW Program helped coordinate a free carer information forum. The information forum aimed to teach you how to find out more about who is a carer, services available, how to navigate the NDIS and how to hear about access to Centrelink allowances and employment, education and training opportunities. The forum featured guest speakers: Mayor Stephens of the Port Pirie Regional Council, Helen Brown, Yvonne Cloke, Alan Zubrinich, Kim Gregory and Lee-Anne Bennett.

Victor Harbor
South Coast Disability EXPO
22/06/2021
The City of Victor Harbour, BLCW and Regional Development Australian hosted a free South Coast Disability Expo. They encourage all disability services that provide a service to families on the South Coast to book a space to share information with potential clients.

Virtual
The voice of the DVA market and how to meet the needs of our Veterans
19/07/2021
This session explored the service profile, nature and composition of DVA-administered services. The information will be used to inform our understanding of issues impacting the delivery of services and inform future policy development.

Virtual
20/07/2021
This session explored the service profile, nature and composition of DVA-administered services and targeted providers of home care, home modifications, respite services and accommodation providers. The information will be used to inform our understanding of issues impacting the delivery of services and inform future policy development.

Mount Gambier
Positive Ageing Taskforce Network Meeting
09/08/2021
BLCW along with Positive Aging facilitated a session exploring how to access JobTrainer funding, workforce tools and where to access data in the care and support sector. An overview of the BLCW Program was provided and discussion around recruitment strategies took place.

Mount Gambier
Southern Adelaide Jobs Fair
18/08/2021
BLCW hosted two sessions at the Southern Adelaide Jobs Fair. The sessions explored the range of jobs in the care and support sector, and included a session on myth-busting in the sector!

Woodville

Health & Community Service Summit
18/09/2019
The BLCW team in South Australia presented a half day workshop on contemporary approaches within the allied health sector, the use of allied health assistants and other innovations available under the NDIS.
The workshop revealed an interesting paradox: service providers were seeking good potential staff and students were unaware of employment opportunities in the disability sector. The lack of awareness by students seems to be largely due to universities not incorporating disability and age care courses in their curriculum.
Career hub managers of South Australian universities are now looking at addressing this.

Adelaide

Care and Support Sector Provider Workshop
28/09/2021
This workshop identified and addressed the barriers that employers face when recruiting and retaining their workforce in the Care and Support sector.

Adelaide
Employment Services Provider Roundtable on the Care and Support Sector
12/10/2021
This event brought together Employment Service Providers and Registered Training Organisations to hear and develop a response to the information and findings from the Care and Support Sector Provider Workshop.

Adelaide
Employment and Traineeship Opportunities in the Care and Support Sector
27/10/2021
This event brought jobseekers and employers and RTOs together, and provided an opportunity to connect. The event also gauged interest and potential support for traineeships and student placements.

Virtual
Care and Support Sector Worker Screening - Your Questions answered Webinar
14/02/2022
This forum was held by the BLCW Program in collaboration with the Department of Human Services Screening Unit and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. It provided participants with all the latest information on the worker screening process for the disability and aged care sectors. Presentations were provided by the South Australian Department of Human Services Screening Unit and the NDIS Commission Compliance and Worker Screening Branch. Participants heard first-hand about the changes coming to the worker screening process in 2022, aimed at creating a smoother alignment of the process across sectors.

Adelaide
RETAIN Good People and ATTRACT New Talent
08/03/2022
This roundtable introduced Employment Service Providers and employers to the approved Government training programs that support pathways into the sector and the RTO's delivering the programs.

Adelaide
Caring Regional Workforce Forum
09/03/2022
This event explored opportunities for innovation and collaboration.

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Alice Springs
Alice Springs Job Fair
16/11/2021
The BLCW Program hosted a Q&A panel of community service providers to inform jobseekers of opportunities in the industry.

Alice Springs
Regional Workforce Advisory Group
28/04/2022
This forum provided an ongoing platform to escalate identified challenges and gaps being experienced within the region, with a focus on potential solutions and strategies.

Virtual Session
BLCW Program NDIS Worker Screening Information Session

The BLCW Program in collaboration with the Department of Communities - NDIS Worker Screening Unit were pleased to continue to support the Care and Support Sector with a presentation on the NDIS Worker Screening Guidelines and Registration process and updates in the Northern Territory.

24/06/2022
12:30pm – 2:00pm (ACST)
Registration details - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/351429604407

NATIONAL

Building a marketing and communications strategy for your NDIS business
18/09/2020
An essential part of business recovery in a new COVID-19 safe service model is the ability to attract participants back to services. Marketing is one of the keys to a successful business recovery. The BLCW Program has teamed up with researchers and lecturers from Charles Sturt University to bring you an interactive session on marketing and communications.

Virtual
The Voice of the DVA Market and How to Meet the Needs of our Veterans
17/08/2021
This session explored the service profile, nature and composition of DVA-administered services. The information will be used to inform our understanding of issues impacting the delivery of services and inform future policy development.

Virtual
A look-see into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) for Investors and Developers
31/08/2021
BLCW and Housing Hub hosted a look-see information session for investors and developers interested in learning more about Specialist Disability Accommodation. Topics included where to build, what category to build, what people with disability want in a home and resources to make informed decisions. 

Virtual
"A Life Changing Life" Service Provider Information Sessions
These sessions provided updates and information on the marketing campaign, as well as attraction and recruitment tools and resources to support you as an employer in the care and support sector.
WA, NT and SA
01/04/2022
VIC and TAS
29/03/2022
NSW and QLD
31/03/2022

Virtual
A Life Changing Life" Employment and Training Provider Session
This session provided current updates and information on the marketing campaign to support employers across the Aged Care, Disability and Veterans Services meet ongoing workforce demands.
NSW and QLD
28/03/2022
WA, NT and SA
28/03/2022
VIC and TAS
30/03/2022