TAFE Aged Care Taskforce (TACT)

The TAFE Aged Care Taskforce was formally convened in July 2021 and brings together specialised educationalists from across Australia’s national network of publicly owned TAFE institutes and university TAFE divisions. The taskforce provides educational leadership in aged care through policy and strategy advice, underpinned by existing and emerging workforce skills needs which is expected to be made available as part of the Government’s response to the commission’s recommendations.

The public education sector plays a pivotal role in attracting students to the care industry through high quality training for the aged care workforce. This taskforce establishes a new mechanism for collaboration between key aged care stakeholders with the formation of a consolidated representative group of public education providers.

The standard of aged care education and training directly impacts the quality of care delivered to older Australians. This taskforce promotes contemporary better practice, advocates for systemic improvements and leverages its reach and scale to partner as a key enabler of aged care quality reform.

Current priorities of the network include:

  • providing strategic advice to relevant bodies engaged in aged care workforce development relating to leading practice education, training design and workforce development
  • informing and contributing to national VET reform agendas including formal industry arrangements through the Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) and the Skills Service Organisation (SSO) and through the review and development of training packages for aged care, ageing, and related health and disability qualifications where appropriate.

The TACT’s terms of reference are available here.

The network is chaired by TAFE NSW with the Chisholm Institute as Deputy Chair.

For enquiries regarding the TACT, please contact memberservices@tda.edu.au

Further information on TAFEs supporting a high quality aged care workforce is available on TDA’s website.