Register of community workers launched

Australia’s first national registration system for community workers has been launched by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), bringing community workers in line with other professions that have a means of third party verification.

Wendy Raine
Wendy Raine

Australia’s first national registration system for community workers has been launched by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), bringing community workers in line with other professions that have a means of third party verification such as social workers and medical practitioners.

Wendy Raine, outgoing president of ACWA, which is the professional body for Australia’s 500,000 community workers who are employed under various occupational titles, said the organisation had consulted extensively with members, employers and unions.

“We did not get any negative feedback,” she said. “This is all about transparency, quality of service and public safety.”

ACWA said that members of the public and employer groups that participated in the initial consultation process identified the gap in information where the credentials of a worker can be checked.

Specifically, family members of older people felt this particularly strongly when considering that seniors who were receiving HACC services were, in their experience, inviting virtual strangers into their homes. Many others said that with the advent of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a register would be a very useful tool when identifying qualified workers.

The register provides practitioners with the opportunity to highlight their qualifications, professional standing and security check status while providing employers and service users with the type of information they need to make an informed choice about whom they choose to employ, ACWA said.

Further details are available on the registration information sheet.

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