RFBI CEO Frank Price unites aged care providers to push Federal Government on workforce and immigration

Sonia Lim 22 Nov 2021

Earlier this year, RFBI CEO Frank Price spoke to The Weekly Source about the Federal Budget and what this means for the aged care workforce. Following this conversation, he has led a group of 12 aged care providers to advocate for increased wages and immigration of foreign nurses and carers to address the growing aged care workforce crisis.

A letter to the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services from Frank Price with 12 co-signatories requesting a meeting to propose a suite of solutions was met with interest and on 30 September, Frank Price together with IRT CEO, Patrick Reid, Whiddon CEO, Christ Mamarelis and Key 2 Learning Director, Michael Bermekjo met online with the Minister.

During the meeting, the group proposed a three-year pilot program to source and introduce 400 workers from overseas into their aged care services, including the provision of housing, under a new Aged Care Worker Visa. The proposed visa, similar to that already used in the UK, would allow workers to enter Australia with a code of ethics and specific agreements with the originating country in order to supplement the local aged care workforce.

The group has met twice more since this initial meeting and Frank Price is urging other aged care providers to speak up to make their voices heard.

“We have to own the message. If more aged care providers are speaking with the same message, it’s going to resonate with the families, it’s going to resonate with the community, and at some stage, it’s going to resonate with the local federal members.”

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Find out what RFBI is doing to recruit staff into the aged care industry here.