This study aims to build on current initiatives across the Disability Services sector, working within the strategic framework articulated via the Learning and Development strategy and recognising that as client needs and service configurations evolve, the skills, knowledge and attitudes of staff will also need to evolve.
In 2003 the Home and Community Care New Entrant Development Project was undertaken to identify categories of workers in the labour force who are currently not usually employed as Community Care Workers but who could potentially do this work. The project also examined the labour force context of recruiting Community Care Workers.
This paper considers whether the prevalence of casual employment is sustainable. Casual workers, in general, receive less training than those in ongoing employment. It looks at the home and community care sector in which vocational education and training has a prominent role in developing the skills of workers, and in which casual employment is relatively high.