Care Workforce Labour Market Study

On 9 March 2021, the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, was tasked by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, to undertake an in-depth study on the factors affecting the supply and demand of care workers.

The Study will examine the needs of the care and support workforce, in relation to aged, disability, veteran and mental health care, both in the near term and longer term to 2050.

The Study will have regard to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and lessons to date from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and implications for workforce that may stem from them.

The Study will draw on the extensive work already undertaken by governments, industry, peak bodies and advocacy groups, and will be supplemented by additional research and analysis from the National Skills Commission.

Terms of Reference

To find out more about the Study, read its Terms of Reference.

Discussion paper

We published a discussion paper that outlines the scope and focus of the Study, including existing work that will be used in the analysis. It includes questions that were used to guide submissions to the Study to gather insights on areas of the care and support workforce where information is not readily available, is not well understood or is emerging in nature.

Submissions to the Study were open from Wednesday 19 May 2021 to Wednesday 16 June 2021 and have now closed. 

What's next

The Study's final report will be provided to the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business by 30 September 2021 and will inform the Australian Government’s care workforce strategy.

If you have questions about the Study, please email