The Regional Care Workforce Collaborative project, known as CareForce,
commenced in September 2021. CareForce is funded under the Illawarra
Local Jobs Program (LJP), Local Recovery Program, by the former
Department of Education, Skills, and Employment.
This project addresses negative perceptions that prevent job seekers from considering or pursuing
career opportunities in the aged care and disability sectors. The CareForce project works closely
with local employers and employer networks such as the Illawarra Workforce Action Group
(IWAG), the Local Jobs Program Community Services Working Group, and the Illawarra Regional
Using a range of creative strategies to engage with employers, partners and job seekers, by 30 June
2022, CareForce achieved significant results under very challenging circumstances.
As of 30 June 2022, the project achieved 447 employment outcomes, with 86% of these entry-level
employees new to the sector.
Over 70 agencies and organisations have been involved in the project, including employers,
Employment Service Providers, government agencies and registered training organisations (RTO) and
built a coalition of employers and stakeholders.