By 2024-25, it is projected that the Queensland Health and Community Services sectors will employ more than 440,800 people, including more than 63,000 additional people employed since 2020-21. Hospital, social assistance services and residential care services are predicted to grow by more than 20% by 2024-25. (Jobs Queensland, Anticipating Future Skills Series)
The challenge now, for almost all employers, is attracting, developing and retaining a skilled workforce in a tight labour market.
The Queensland Care Consortium (QCC) is a partnership between Jobs Queensland, peak bodies from the Health and Community Services sectors and relevant Queensland government departments, to support the development and delivery of industry-led, government-enabled activities that will support workforce development, attraction and retention in these sectors.
The formation of the QCC is part of Jobs Queensland’s Health and Community Services Sectors Workforce Development project, a multi-year commitment to plan, develop and deliver practical workforce solutions driven by industry, for industry.
The establishment of the QCC is in support of the Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032 – the first whole-of-government workforce strategy delivered by the Queensland Government. The strategy is a 10-year plan to provide the strategic foundation for government to work with industry, business, community and government stakeholders to develop a strong and skilled workforce.
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ACTION LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Jobs Queensland’s multi-year commitment to using an action-based project approach will enable the Health and Community Services sectors to develop and implement place-based workforce development, attraction, and retention, or future-focused skilling activities that align to these sectors.
Funding totalling up to $750,000 for 2022-23 will be made available to enable the Health and Community Services sector stakeholders to design and implement sustainable place-based attraction, development and retention activities to meet gaps in the sectors’ local workforce planning and development effort.
The opportunity to apply for funding is open to not-for-profit community organisations, industry organisations, an enterprise or a group of enterprises, to work collaboratively to undertake an agreed action learning activity.
The QCC is not providing funding for skilling activity that is a duplication of an existing Australian or Queensland Government skills investment program. It will, however, look to fund other activity that supports a workforce development objective for the Queensland Health and Community Services sectors.
Current QCC members include:
- Jobs Queensland
- CheckUP Australia
- Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA)
- Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
- The Services Union.
Last updated 21 April 2023