Investing in our biggest industry would boost jobs and productivity

The aged care royal commission will bring down its final report next month, and it is more important now than ever. Its findings have implications not just for aged care, but also our biggest single industry that just happens to be growing the fastest of them all. That industry is healthcare and social assistance, which at last count employed 1.7 million people. It is projected to grow by 205,000 over the next five years, more than double the pace of the next fastest sector, education. The National Skills Commission reckons it’s our most COVID-19 resilient industry, a safe bet for those looking for work.

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