Latest aged care survey highlights struggle in regions

Release date: 18 Oct 2019

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) says the latest Aged Care Financial Performance Survey from StewartBrown highlights the enormous pressure on rural and remote aged care homes, with an astonishing three quarters running a deficit.

Across the board we’re dealing with increased costs that aren’t being met, but in the regions, we’re really struggling,” Patricia Sparrow CEO of ACSA said.

“The numbers are pretty bad but what’s worrying everyone the most is how this will affect the care we provide. We’re seeing story after story about our workforce being under pressure, but all the solutions are being pushed back till after the Royal Commission.

“It shouldn’t take a report like this to tell us that older people in the regions can’t possibly all be getting the care they expect and deserve when providers and their workforce are under this much pressure.

“We’re calling for more than band aid grants and one-off funding injections with a permanent $10 increase in the rural and remote supplement. We don’t need a Royal Commission to tell us the situation for aged care is ‘not OK’ in the regions and requires urgent action.

“What’s more is that if things continue as they are, we run the risk of seeing a similar situation in metropolitan aged and home care also. We have been raising these issues with government for some time and it is now time to re-examine the urgent priorities that can be progressed before the Royal Commissions final report this time next year.

“Recently, the focus has rightly been on quality and safety in aged care, but the challenges for our ageing population are bigger than this. We desperately need more workforce, funding and a plan for the future,” Ms Sparrow said


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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