$34 million aged care research centre proposed by Workforce Taskforce now up for tender – to be up and running in six months

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As tipped by Australian Unity CEO of Independent and Assisted Living and Acting Chair of the Workforce Industry Council, Kevin McCoy, last week, the tender is now out for the $34 million Centre for Growth and Translational Research (CGTR). – and the winning bidder will have a tight timeframe to get the Centre set up.

You can see the tender here.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had announced the funding for the Centre – proposed in the 2017 Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce report led by Professor John Pollaers – in the 2019 May Budget.

The tender reveals the successful tender is expected to established the CGTR in early 2021 with Government funding available through to 30 June 2024, after which “the Aged Care Industry will identify alternative funding sources for its continued operation”.

The tender also says the CGTR’s development must reflect the current and ongoing advice and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Given the Royal Commission is still due to hand in its Final Report in mid-November – and the CGTR is planned for early 2021 – that will require a quick turn-around if the Commissioners make good on their promise to “turn the system upside-down”.

Who will put their hand up for the job?

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