Celebrating Generational Awareness in the aged care services sector

Generational Awareness Week was celebrated last week across the aged care services sector.

21 Sep 2020

This initiative acknowledges the five generations that are now working side by side. With 50 per cent of the workforce retiring in the next few years and 45 per cent of the workforce made up of millennials, it’s important to celebrate generational differences that exist in the workplace.

Generational Awareness Week integrates two of ACSA’s workforce programs – The Young Leaders Network and the Leisure and Health Program. Participants of both programs plan and organise an event or activity for staff, volunteers and residents at their organisation.  For the Leisure & Health trainees, this forms as part of their assessment in the Certificate IV training.

Generational awareness can be utilised productively in the workplace. Organisations that can manage multiple generations will benefit from an ability to leverage the strengths of each generation. 


Here are a few great celebrations from some of the organisations that embraced the aged diversity of their workforce:


Uniting Agewell (Ningana, Sorell TAS)

Celebrated with a High Tea and wonderful conversations about how things have changed over the years.  There was also a display of items showcasing the generational differences.

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OneCare (The Manor Launceston, TAS)

Staff and residents enjoyed looking at uniforms throughout time. Residents brought along a photo of themselves or a family member in uniform.



Feros Care

A 5 generation photo shoot and a COVID safe morning tea to capture: The lifetime events that have guided our staff members to the Care Sector, Memories and Experiences about working with different generations, best experiences of working with 5 generations and the best memories while working side by side.

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Glenview Community Services (Glenorchy, TAS)

Glenview staff members representing the generations we have working at Glenview.
We are incredibly lucky to have such a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.



CareForward (Riverside, TAS)

Staff enjoyed a beautiful lunch break and participated in competitions including:

  • Guess the movie title and era
  • Guess the song, artist and era
  • Guess who on the photo board

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Mayshaw Health & Wellbeing (Scottsdale, TAS)

Mayshaw Health and Wellbeing had barbeques, fun and much laughter each day. Here is a picture of Rex, who is an ex-Collingwood and Scottsdale football player.

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Menarock Life, The Gardens (Claremont, TAS)

Staff shared various items representing their era. It was a comparison of then and now.

Our residents also loved seeing them and this created lots of conversation and reminiscing.




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