Feb 2019 | The care of our young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on overseas-born workers

Date: 3 Feb 2019

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The care of Australia’s young, elderly and disabled is increasingly reliant on migrant workers.

New research has revealed overseas-born employees are providing a growing share of frontline services in childcare, aged and disability care and personal home-based assistance.

Just over 37 per cent of paid frontline care workers were born overseas in 2016, up from 31 per cent in 2011.

Among personal care assistants, who mostly provide in-home assistance to the elderly and disabled, more than half were born overseas.

Professor Sara Charlesworth, a researcher at RMIT University, said frontline care services now have a much higher proportion of migrant employees than Australia’s workforce as a whole. Overseas-born workers made up 30.6 per cent of Australia's overall workforce in 2016, up from 28 per cent in 2011.