Skills and workforce development

Not enough work but not enough workers: Casualisation in aged care in Queensland 2005

Client:  Aged Care Queensland/ Queensland Community Services and Health Industries Training Council - Health and Community Services Workforce Council

With the ageing of the population, demand for aged care services is increasing. In recent years growing numbers of organisations providing aged care services have reported difficulties in recruiting and retaining the labour they need. A distinctive feature of the industry is the high incidence of casual employment in many aged care workplaces. The research reported in this paper was commissioned to help answer the question: is casual employment part of the problem or part of the solution to the Queensland aged care industry's labour problems.