There are a multitude of workforce development and training programs and new pilots underway within the human services sector across Australia. These programs exist at a national, state, and local level, and are conducted by government, peak bodies, research organisations, employers, and other interested stakeholders. The volume of activity within the sector also creates potential duplication of effort for those organisations and individuals trying to solve workforce issues for the sector.


Creating a picture of current activity in workforce development and training required investigation and research across the skills ecosystem to collate national data on workforce initiatives. This included desktop research and engaging with key stakeholders in all states and territories. All efforts were made to source as many workforce and training initiatives as possible across the Human Services sectors.

All target sectors were represented in the mapping, with good spread across Disability, Aged Care, Health, and Child & Family Services. Most initiatives target new or existing workers, or employers, but a good portion targeted Training Providers and Students/Learners. Almost half the initiatives are national, which includes those accessible online.


We have launched a portal to house the information so stakeholders can easily search and access it, as well as help us to expand on the projects covered by submitting their own initiatives for consideration. The portal can be accessed here.

Project overview

Project Status
April - August 2021
  • National

A national database of Human Services workforce development and training initiatives.

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