Grow your workforce


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Demand for workers in the disability services and aged care sectors is growing rapidly. It is estimated that the disability sector workforce will need to grow by up to 90,000 FTE workers in the next five years. 

Both disability and aged care service providers will need to grow their workforces in order to keep up with rising demand over the coming years. Strategic workforce planning and development is necessary for employers to access the right numbers of workers with the right skills who meet the needs of both National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and aged care clients.

Support through government programs for providers to grow their workforce

If you need to recruit right now:

  • Contact a jobactive provider in your region who will work with you to find the best candidate for your business. They can screen and shortlist job seekers on their caseload and may facilitate police checks and other entry requirements such as first aid certificates for suitable candidates.
  • Advertise your position on jobactive. It’s free and a quick and easy way to advertise to thousands of job seekers.

If you need to recruit but have some time:

  • Contact a jobactive provider who will work with you to find and prepare the best candidate/s for your business. They can support you with trialling candidates in your organisation and pre-employment training (employability skills, employer required short courses, formal qualifications and/or skill sets) for suitable candidates.

If you would like to recruit a candidate with lived experience of disability:

  • Contact a Disability Employment Service (DES) provider who can support you to recruit candidates with lived experience of disability into your business. They can assist with job design, perform a skills assessment for the employee, provide on the job support, organise workplace assessment and modifications funded through the Employment Assistance Fund and arrange a wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

If you would like to recruit a young person:

  • Contact a Transition to Work provider who can support you to recruit young people (aged 15–21 years). They can support you with trialling young people in your organisation and pre-employment training (employability skills, required short courses, formal qualifications and/or skill sets) for suitable candidates.
  • Youth Jobs PaTH helps prepare young people (aged 15-24 years) with the right skills, so that they are ready for you to hire in your business. To trial a young person and find out if they're the right fit for your business, contact a jobactive provider or advertise your trial (internship) on jobactive.

If you would like to recruit an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person:

  • Contact a Vocational, Training & Employment Centre (VTEC). VTECs can provide support to prepare an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander job seeker before the job starts, and then provide ‘wrap around’ support for the first 26 weeks of work to achieve long-term employment outcomes.

If you would like to recruit an apprentice or trainee:

If you need to recruit for a number of similar roles at the same time (more than 10):

  • The Department of Jobs and Small Business can work with you to co-design a targeted pre-employment project (screening, training, work experience and mentoring) through the Launch into Work program. Contact the Employer and Workforce Strategies Team at workforce@jobs.gov.au.

If you need to recruit in a remote area:

Support resources
Connect with a Boosting the Local Care Workforce Regional Coordinator to receive localised support and help in identifying opportunities in your area.