Aged care reforms 'Living Longer. Living Better.'
On 20 April 2012, the Australian Government announced a comprehensive package of reforms to build a better, fairer, more sustainable and more nationally consistent aged care system.
The ‘Living Longer. Living Better.’ aged care reform package aims to create a flexible care system. It will provide older Australians with more choice, control and easier access to a range of services—where they want it and when they need it.
This package provides funding of $3.7 billion over five years from 1 July 2012, and will position Australia to meet future social and economic challenges brought on by an ageing population. This will also ensure that there is a smooth transition for care recipients and providers and sufficient time to adapt and plan ahead.
These measures will provide more support and care in the home, better access to residential care, more support for those with dementia and strengthen the aged care workforce.
The Department of Human Services will be involved in implementing a number of reform changes over the next two years which will include:
• upgrading existing infrastructure to provide more efficient service delivery within the aged care program
• modifying how aged care payments are processed, to ensure providers receive eligible entitlements in a timely manner, and
• introducing means testing for older Australians receiving home care packages.
For more information about the aged care reforms, visit humanservices.gov.au
The Department of Health and Ageing is also publishing regular updates in relation to the aged care reforms. Visit health.gov.au