Workforce

ACS Vision for the aged care workforce in South Australia

A committed, compassionate, well-trained workforce, working in a sector of choice, supported by flexible job design and innovative technology assisting in maintaining functional capacity for staff.

Aged and community care workers are a vital part of the health and community services industry. They provide important services to elderly South Australians who are either living in an aged care residential facility or in their own homes and are a vital part of the health and community services industry. By 2050, it is predicted that more than one in 20 Australians will be working in the aged care sector.

The health and community services industry accounts for 12.5% of employment in South Australia, contributing 7.2% to the South Australian Gross State Product (GSP) in 2008.

Nationally, close to 48% of the total health and community services workforce are aged 45 years and over, with around 60% of direct care staff working in residential care and 70% in community care within that age group. The impending ageing of South Australia’s workforce poses unique challenges in meeting service delivery demands to ensure the successful ageing of the general population.

SA Workforce Statistics*

  • The health and community services industry is the second largest employer of South Australians.
  • Majority of South Australians working in the health and community services industry are females (80.0%), higher than the proportion across all industries (45.5%).
  • The age profile of health and community services workers is older than the average across all industry profiles. As at February 2008, around 46% of workers in South Australia were aged 46–64 years.
  • South Australia reported the highest rate of health and community services workers (4,677 per 100,000 population).
  • Between 2001 and 2006, South Australia showed the largest growth in workforce size compared to the population (up by 895 workers per 100,000).
  • ACS Workforce Information Sheet

ACS Workforce Information Sheet

ACS Workforce Committee

For further information or feedback, contact Luke Westenberg.

*1.Health and community services labour force 2006. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 2. Industry Workforce Summary – Health and Community Services—Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, Government of South Australia. 3. Martin M & King D (2008), Who Care for Older Australians? A Picture of Residential and Community Based Aged Care Workforce, 2007, National Institute of Labour Studies, Adelaide.