There is a significant roll out of expanded and new aged care services taking place across our electorate. Since 2013, federal funding for aged care services in our electorate has increased from $90 million a year to over $130 million a year.
Recently I announced federal funding towards a number of local aged care upgrades at aged care facilities throughout the region.
Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced a further major investment that will deliver a major boost to our region, with $320 million for residential aged care in 2018-19, and an additional 10,000 home care packages across all levels. It builds on the $552 million aged care boost announced in December.
The residential aged care component equates to approximately $1800 per permanent resident for additional support over the next 18 months while the government considers longer-term reform funding options.
It builds on the existing enhancements to the viability supplement and homelessness supplement and the $50 million investment to support the transition to the new quality standards.
This new $662 million investment aims to help speed up access to home care and ensure our seniors receive safe, high-quality services when and where they need them.
It will increase aged care access and further strengthen safety, quality and transparency and allow older Australians to live in their home longer and stay independent.
This latest funding will also boost aged care through: A $4.2 million mandatory national aged care quality indicator program; $7.7 million to enhance the safety, quality and integrity of home care; $35.7 million to increase home care supplements for dementia and cognition and veterans; A $4.6 million trial of a new residential care funding tool to replace the Aged Care Funding Instrument; A new $7.4 million business advisory service for both residential and home care providers to help them improve their operations and share best practice.