The Australian Government has announced that it is returning to the timeframe put forward by the Royal Commission to deliver a reformed and improved in-home aged care program – Support at Home Program – by 1 July 2024. This represents an extension from July 2023.
More information about the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is available on the Commission’s website here.
The Department advises it will use the extra time now available to work with older Australians, their families and carers, workers, advocates and providers to ensure reforms achieve a better in-home aged care system. Older Australians will be central to this consultation and the Department will release more information in the near future on how older Australians can participate.
A webinar is planned for Wednesday August 31 to provide an update on the planned reforms. More information and Register for the Webinar here.
The Government will also be making improvements to in-home aged care for older Australians while the design of a new program progresses. This includes capping administration and management charges under the Home Care Packages Program and improving access to Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology.
For more information, please see the Department’s website
How can you get involved?
Enquiries relating to the reforms or upcoming consultation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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