Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, said older residents requiring higher-level home care services (level 3 or 4) would be targeted for 6,000 care packages being made available nationally this financial year as the Government continues reforming Australia’s aged care system.
People in Wentworth waiting for the allocation of home care packages can access the new national home care priority queue online through the My Aged Care website. The $20 million revamp of the My Aged Care website has streamlined support for people needing to access aged care details and services.
These announcements came as Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM tabled the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 in Parliament.
“I welcome the report; however I am pleased Minister Wyatt has confirmed our Government will not include the full value of the owner’s home in the means test for residential care, nor remove the annual and lifetime caps on means-tested fees for aged care as per recommendations 13 and 15 of the review,” Mr Turnbull said.
“As the Government works through the Review’s recommendations, one of its primary considerations will be to ensure continuing service provision in regional, rural and remote Australia.”
Minister Wyatt had also launched a $2 million taskforce to develop a national aged care workforce strategy.
The Turnbull Government has allocated a record $18.6 billion for aged care in 2017-18, the first part of a $100 billion investment in aged care support planned for the next five years.
Older residents and their families needing information can visit the My Aged Care Website www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422.