ACFA report shows improvements can't continue without funding response

Release date: 09 Jul 2019

Aged care peak Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the Aged Care Financing Authority's (ACFA) 2019 Report on Funding and Financing of the Aged Care Industry demonstrates the fragile position of many aged care providers that will hamper improvements in service.

“The big improvements we are working towards in aged care at the moment won’t be fully realised unless we see a commensurate response on funding for the sector,” ACSA Acting CEO Darren Mathewson said.

“The sector can be proud of progress we’ve made in recent times but the ACFA report makes it clear that increased costs can’t be absorbed forever.

“Residential care costs have increased three times more than income. In home care the situation is even more concerning with costs per consumer up 7% but with income going down.

“There is good reason to feel optimistic about what can be achieved through the Royal Commission, but until we see adequate planning for the structural and funding issues, Australia won’t be able to fully address the needs of older Australians – let alone the future challenges of our ageing population.

“The trend here is undeniable: the position of providers is deteriorating across the sector. Of particular concern are those in rural, regional and remote areas.

“The ACFA report should be a warning to government and the community that our sector needs more support to continue to improve and respond to future challenges.”

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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