New program aims to reduce workforce shortage in home care

Non-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI) has launched the Home Care Staffing Support initiative in partnership with Hireup, a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) registered platform, to connect home care providers in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with trained support workers. This initiative is expected to relieve the financial and skill shortage pressures faced by the home care sector with SSI subsidising 50% of the wage costs per worker.

Through this initiative, SSI aims to provide more growth opportunities and career pathways for support workers, while home care providers can access Hireup’s more than 9,000 support workers in NSW and the ACT. This partnership offers an easier, faster, and more affordable way for eligible home care providers to hire casual employees, with SSI covering half of the wages.

Head of Home Care Workforce Support Program at SSI, Iggy Pintado, stated that the care and support sector has been severely impacted by workforce shortages, and it is essential to find solutions that provide senior Australians with the care they need. The new initiative aims to connect home care providers with qualified support workers, offer more jobs to carers, and give them the opportunity to broaden their skills and gain experience in aged home care.

Interested home care providers can hire employees through Home Care Staffing Support by registering with SSI and signing onto the Hireup platform. Providers looking for permanent talent can make an offer to workers who have completed a series of shifts with them. Workers hired through this initiative will also have access to SSI’s complimentary non-accredited personal care worker courses, as well as to SSI’s Home Care Traineeship.


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