Aged & Community Services WA, or ACSWA, is the leading representative body for the aged and community care sector in Western Australia and the Peak body for Meals on Wheels Western Australia. Servicing primarily church and charitable organisations, our members are located throughout the State, in metropolitan, rural and remote locations. They range from residential facilities (i.e., nursing homes, aged care homes, and retirement villages) through to community care organisations such as home care, respite services and meal delivery organisations.
We provide to our members:
- Information sharing – regular industry information communicated via e-Newsletters, e-News Flashes and our quarterly magazine, ACSWA News.
- Education and training – a full calendar of training on relevant industry issues at venues around Perth. These seminars, workshops and forums are very well attended and are often repeated to meet demand.
- Representation and advocacy – ACSWA is a highly respected voice for our collective group of members. Representatives regularly meet with State and Federal Government ministers and interest groups ensuring the views and interests of ACSWA members are heard in the places where it counts.
One of ACSWA’s strategic objectives is to shape the national aged care agenda for the benefit of the broader Australian community. The Aged Care Jobs Portal is a vital part of this plan enabling ACSWA to assist in developing the necessary workforce required to service the Aged Care Industry.
ACSWA’s strong lobby/advocacy role is enhanced by our affiliation with the national body, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA). Collectively, ACSA represents over 1,100 churches, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to over 450,000 people.
Our vision is to be a dynamic, valued and influential industry leader.
- The dignity and worth of all people
- The capacity and commitment of any members to make a contribution
- The diversity and individuality of members
- Adherence to high standards
- Work with others to achieve common goals.
There are three policy goals fundamental to ACSWA, defining the scope of our endeavours:
- The pursuit of appropriate funding, regulatory and policy frameworks for the aged care sector to the benefit of providers and the Australian community
- The creation of strategic relationships through which influence can be exerted
- To maintain and expand ACSWA services to enhance continuous improvement in the aged care sector.
Quick Facts – Who does ACSWA represent?
Aged & Community Services, WA Inc. (ACSWA) is the largest aged care peak body in the State, representing and servicing 137 not-for-profit organisations. ACSWA represents service providers across Western Australia, who in total manage:
- 2,537 High Care Beds
- 5,116 Low Care Beds
- 7,003 Independent Living Units
- 51 Day Care Centres
- 1,500 Community Care Packages
- And over $57.5 million in Community Care Funding