Video: What can migration do for aged care’s workforce challenges

We hope to answer this question and more in an upcoming webinar where we will be hearing from Melanie Macfarlane – an expert in the area of migration and helping employers support their workforce.

Melanie recently wrote a guest post for Inside Ageing titled, “Plenty of solutions to aged care’s staffing crisis; not just 60,000 skilled migrant visas.”

The story was very well received and has been our highest-read story for the month. Outlined are the many other options available to help improve the availability of workers by doing more with respect to student visas, revisions to the occupation list and temporary visas. (Inside Ageing welcomes guest posts with guidelines on what we look for here)

Earlier this week, the Albanese govt hosted around 20 stakeholders at the Aged Care Workforce Pre-Jobs Summit Roundtable ahead of the actual Summit to be held on September 1 and 2.

In a statement from Catholic Health Australia who was in attendance, “The sector was also vocal on removing barriers for bringing workers into Australia (with clear pathways to permanent residency) to fill critical gaps. This would necessarily involve the creation of a care worker category on the skilled migration list.”

This week has also seen the release of some sobering research indicating just how big the workforce issues are, with Complispace research suggesting half will leave the sector in the next three years and a study by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research projecting – Australians aged over 85 will increase by 140% in the next 20 years – an outlook that the sector is far from even contemplating!

The live webinar on September 21 will feature a presentation by Melanie covering the below points, followed by a Q&A moderated by Inside Ageing’s Sean McKeown. Questions can be asked on the day or when you register.


  • The aged care sector in the context of immigration options
  • Does an increase in permanent resident visa numbers in the October budget assist? 
  • A snapshot of the visa sub-classes available and an overview of pathways to PR
  • What is a labour agreement? 
  • What are the basic requirements to have a labour agreement approved?
  • Onshore or offshore recruitment – pros and cons of both
  • Advocacy – what the industry still needs to advocate the government to assist in providing immigration solutions

A recording of this webinar held on September 21, 2022, can be found below:

You can skip to key chapters using the below timestamps

3.31: Introduction to MM Migration and Recruitment

4.12: The Aged Care sector in the context of immigration options

7.04: Aged Care Pathways

10.09: What is a Training Visa? 407

12.07: What is a 482 Labour Agreement Stream?

14.12: What is a 186 Labour Agreement Stream?

15.56: What are the basic requirements to have a labour agreement?

17.53: Onshore and offshore recruitment – Pros and Cons

20.55: Advocacy required by the aged care industry

26.40 Recruitment services offered by MM Migration and Recruitment – to get in touch contact Melanie directly at or visit the website:

28.24: Q&A


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