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Data released today on Home Care Packages provides much-needed transparency on demand for services at home, but also makes clear the case for greater overall investment in the delivery of home care.


15 Sep 2017

Data released today on Home Care Packages provides much-needed transparency on demand for services at home, but also makes clear the case for greater overall investment in the delivery of home care.

The provision of transparent data is critical to gaining a better understanding of the demand for home care at a national level but is nonetheless a ‘first step’ in the much more detailed picture required to plan and deliver the home care services required.

While ACSA welcomes the Government providing an additional 6,000 Level 3 & 4 packages, there are still an unacceptably high number of people waiting for a package - around 53,000 people (as of June 30, 2017), as well as around 35,000 more on a lower package than they have been approved to receive.

“The level of unmet demand for home care packages, particularly at Level 3 & 4, is an issue that can only be addressed with more overall investment,” ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow said.

“ACSA wants to see a balanced aged care system that supports the care needs of all older Australians allowing those with higher care needs to access services but not at the expense of those requiring lower level care,” she said.

The additional $20 million for My Aged Care announced by the Government yesterday must be prioritised to address the myriad implementation issues that are causing providers and consumers the most confusion and anxiety.

“Both sides of politics need to remain responsive to the demographic challenge of our ageing society, and consider carefully the system and funding required to ensure quality home care services for older Australians.”

The home care packages data report is available here