The care economy - battle for talent

The care economy - battle for talent

Oct 11
Join policy makers and experts from across critical services for analysis of, and solutions to, the forthcoming battle for talent across the care economy that will impact workforces across health, ageing and social services.
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The Hon. Stuart Robert MP, Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Belinda Drew, Chief Executive Officer, Community Services Industry Alliance
Paula Williscroft, Director People and Culture, Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health

Event Overview

In early September the National Skills Commission released its five-year employment projections from November 2020 – November 2025. In that time the national workforce is projected to grow by almost a million people – with a quarter of all new jobs falling into the healthcare sector, driven by our ageing nation and continued investment in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
But with caring professions already struggling to fill roles, how will Australia support this growth and ensure the well-being of our communities? 
Hear directly from experts when we discuss the urgent need to address Australia’s care economy talent shortage – and the corresponding opportunity for Australia to become a leading provider of care talent globally.

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Stuart Robert MP
Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Stuart has been the Federal Member for the northern Gold Coast seat of Fadden since November 2007 and has held several senior Ministerial roles during this time. In March 2021, Stuart was appointed Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business. In this role, Stuart is working to continue Australia’s economic recovery through protecting jobs, connecting Australians with work and building a workforce with the right skill set to secure our future prosperity. He has a particular focus on increasing workforce participation for women, ensuring there is an environment for small and family business to thrive, and building a care workforce to support our veterans, our childcare centres, provide services for people with disability and our aged care sector.

Meet the speakers

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. 

Belinda Drew
Chief Executive Officer, Community Services Industry Alliance

Belinda Drew has been the driving force behind Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) since its inception. Under her leadership, CSIA has become a collaborative, innovative organisation, building strong relationships across Industry and Government to advance the community services industry through doing business better. Her passion for social investment, innovation and transformation helped launch CSIA’s developmental and collaborative agenda. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Belinda worked closely with senior Government around strategic planning and preparedness. This led to bringing together the Community Services Taskforce that provided insights, information and guidance around the big issues facing Industry each week. She also believes that Industry has a key role to play in Reconciliation and elevating the voices of people with lived experience, something she brings to all her strategic activities. Belinda has extensive experience on Boards. She is the Chair of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA), a Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium and a Director of the Community Services Industry Portable Long Service Leave Authority Board.

Paula Williscroft
Director People and Culture, Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health

Paula is the Director of People and Culture for Northern Sydney Local Health District. NSLHD are within the NSW Health System which currently serves over 800,000 people – more than 11% of the population of NSW. As part of the NSLHD Executive, Paula has been leading a team of 120 staff for almost four years, supporting front line staff and their management teams to deliver excellent patient care during a time of significant challenge and change across the sector including supporting the public health response to the bushfires of 2019/2020 and COVID-19 pandemic 2020/2021. A key focus for Paula and her team is supporting the wellbeing, resilience and sustainable recovery of the workforce moving into a time of “living with COVID” in NSW and Australia, and what that brings in terms of opportunities and challenges for health care provision and the amazing staff who work within our sectors.

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