July 28, 2022
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The Albanian Labor government has listened to older Australians and the aged care sector and is putting reforms to the home care program back on track.
Minister for Aged Care Hon. Anika Wells said the previous government changed the timing of the new home-based scheme, contrary to the recommendation of the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Elderly Care.
“Over the past two months, I have heard repeatedly that the Morrison government’s rushed work on home care is putting people receiving home care at risk. I’ve heard this from leading organizations such as ACCPA, COTA and OPAN, and from individual vendors. »
“Out of respect for the complexity involved, the Royal Commission has recommended that a reformed and improved aged care home care scheme be in place by July 1, 2024.
“The Morrison government cut the timetable by a full 12 months and provided insufficient information to manage the huge changes required.
“Home care, on which more than a million Australians rely, is not an area in which to play politics. The Albanian Labor Government knows this and we are committed to getting it right.
“We are going back to the Royal Commission recommendation of July 1, 2024 and taking the time to address concerns instead of rushing to failure.
“We will use the extra time wisely to work with older Australians, their families and carers, workers, advocates and providers to do all we can to achieve a better home-based aged care system.
“Most people want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, so it is imperative that reforms to aged care at home deliver real improvements for older Australians in the long and short term,” said Minister Wells.
“Rest assured that no one will be left behind or lose any of the services currently in place in this new timeline. If anything, with over $9.5 billion in funding this fiscal year for home care support , older Australians will see real improvements in home care support well before July 2024.”
40,000 additional home care packages will be offered this fiscal year.
The government will also immediately increase funding by $25 million and expand access to goods, equipment and assistive technology to better help older Australians stay independent in their homes and reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
“The Albanian Labor Government is absolutely committed to putting older Australians first as we reform the aged care sector,” said Minister Wells.