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New scheme allows providers to employ foreign bilingual care workers

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Aged care providers can hire overseas workers to support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds under a new initiative announced by the Federal Government.

The scheme has been welcomed by peak bodies representing culturally and linguistically diverse Australians and aged care providers, but they say it shouldn’t replace investment in the local workforce.

Under the initiative aged care providers can request a company specific labour agreement to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa.

The company-specific labour agreement allows aged care providers to access overseas workers not on the list of eligible skilled occupations.

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Source:
Natasha Egan, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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