Fed Government must reverse training decision

Fed Government must reverse training decision

Thursday 8 November 2012

The Federal Government should immediately reverse its recent decision to alter the rules relating to part-time traineeships in the aged care, home care and disability sectors.


Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said the changes showed clearly that the Federal Government did not understand the sector or the growing demands of an ageing Australian population.


“The Government does not seem to grasp the nature of employment of care workers undertaking a traineeship. Trainees often start their traineeship as a part-time employee and build their hours as they gain experience or build their client base,”
Dr Choong said.


“Changing the rules for incentive payments for part-time traineeships will impact on the take-up of traineeships in aged care, home care and disability, and this will impact on the quality of training of care workers and quality of care.


“Of most concern to the AMA is that the changes will, without a doubt, make the traineeship arrangement less attractive to employers and open the door again to the fast track classroom-based approach to training of care workers – a concern identified in the Productivity Commission Report on Aged Care, which will impact on the quality of training.”


The training arm of the AMA (WA), Health Training Australia, has written to Federal Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, calling on him to act immediately to reverse his decision and ensure that the integrity of Australian training is maintained.

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