Sarah McLelland appointed interim CEO of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council

Sarah McLelland, Interim CEO, the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council

Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) CEO, Louise O’Neill, has resigned with immediate effect due to personal reasons.

ACWIC executive director of policy and engagement, Sarah McLelland, has been appointed to the role of interim CEO – a role she held earlier in the year.

Ms O’Neill joined ACWIC in July 2020 to lead the organisation’s implementation of 14 strategic actions resulting from ‘A Matter of Care’: Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy.


Ms O’Neill was a judge of Inside Ageing’s 2021 Future of Ageing Awards.

ACWIC Chair Libby Lyons said, “Ms O’Neill has made a significant contribution to ACWIC and its mission to build and shape the future aged care workforce. We wish Louise the very best and thank her for setting the organisation on a strong path to delivering on our purpose.”

Ms O’Neill said she was proud of the progress ACWIC had made against its charter. “The Council plays a critically important role in solving the workforce challenge for aged care by bringing the industry together and working to a united approach.”

Ms Lyons said that the ACWIC Board would commence a search process for a new CEO imminently.

“We’re well-placed to continue the momentum under Sarah’s leadership as we embark on the appointment of a permanent CEO”, she said.

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