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Navigating Australia’s Ageing Care Workforce: Solutions to Support an Ageing Population and Worker Shortage

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Care Finder Team
March 7, 2024
3 min read

Australia is facing a pressing challenge with its ageing population and a shortage of skilled healthcare workers in the aged care sector. By 2031, it is estimated that nearly 20% of Australians will be aged over 65, significantly increasing the demand for aged care services. Concurrently, the projected shortage of over 110,000 aged care workers within the next decade poses a critical threat to the industry’s sustainability.

Addressing Workforce Challenges:

In response to these challenges, Australia is implementing updates to skilled Australian migration policies, offering a glimmer of hope for the aged care sector. Notably, the Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement has been introduced to streamline the recruitment of qualified direct care workers from overseas. This agreement facilitates a smoother pathway for skilled talent to contribute to the Australian aged care workforce, helping alleviate the impending crisis.

Qualifications and Experience:

For individuals aspiring to join the aged care sector in Australia, they must meet specific qualifications and gain practical experience. Entry-level positions typically require a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), providing foundational knowledge and skills necessary for the role. Furthermore, advancement opportunities exist for those pursuing a Certificate IV in Ageing Support, which equips candidates with supervisory skills and a deeper understanding of aged care practices. Volunteering and traineeships also offer valuable avenues for gaining hands-on experience and enhancing employability in the industry.

Visa Pathways:

Australia offers various visa pathways for skilled professionals in the aged care sector. The subclass 482 temporary work visa allows individuals to address immediate labour shortages, while permanent residency options are available through the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Sub Class 186) offer long-term opportunities for skilled workers. Additionally, initiatives like the Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme provide avenues for individuals from Pacific Island countries to contribute to the aged care workforce in regional Australia.

Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals:

Beyond addressing the challenges within the aged care sector, Australia’s updated migration policies offer promising pathways for overseas healthcare professionals to obtain permanent residency (PR). For registered nurses seeking permanent residency, pathways such as the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Sub Class 186) and the Skilled Nominated visa (Sub Class 190) present viable options. These pathways require individuals to meet specific eligibility criteria, including skills assessment and English language proficiency, to qualify for permanent residency.

Education and Training:

Australia places a strong emphasis on education and training requirements for healthcare professionals entering the aged care sector. Pursuing advanced qualifications, such as a Master of Nursing (Aged Care), allows professionals to specialize in areas relevant to aged care, such as dementia and palliative care. These higher education programs not only enhance professional expertise but also increase eligibility for PR pathways in Australia.

Immigration Pathways and Benefits:

Individuals with aged care qualifications gained overseas can explore immigration pathways to Australia. The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) assesses qualifications for nurses who have completed a qualification that led to professional registration under the  ‘Direct Care Occupation’ and provide skills assessments for occupations such as “Nursing Support Worker” and “Personal Care Assistant”. The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) assesses qualifications and experience as equivalent to Australian standards, facilitating visa applications for occupations such as “Welfare Centre Manager”, “Welfare Worker”, “Community Worker”, “Disabilities Services Officer”, “Family Support Worker”, “Residential Care Officer” and “Youth Worker”. Working in aged care in Australia offers numerous benefits, including job security, potential pathways to permanent residency, and competitive salaries.

Elder Care as a Pathway to Australian PR:

Aged care roles offer immigration opportunities, including visa options such as the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Sub Class 186) and Skilled Nominated visa (Sub Class 190). While aged care workers are not on the skills shortage list, employers can hire immigrants through Aged Care Labour Agreement programs when qualified Australians cannot fill these roles. This underscores the value and potential of aged care as a pathway to Australian permanent residency.


As Australia grapples with the dual challenge of an ageing population and a shortage of aged care workers, it is imperative to explore innovative solutions and pathways to address workforce shortages. By obtaining relevant qualifications, gaining practical experience, and exploring visa pathways, individuals can embark on a fulfilling and rewarding professional journey in Australia’s aged care industry, contributing to the well-being of the nation’s ageing population.

Contact Prestige Legal Group, one of the leading Registered Migration Agents from Melbourne, Australia to discuss how we can help you bridge the skills gap for your organisation or assist with individual migration pathways to Australia. With our expertise and resources, we can navigate the complexities of the aged care workforce and support your organization’s needs in this critical sector.

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