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ACSA pre-budget submission calls for change

ACSA has used its pre-budget submission to urge the government to consider funding reforms for the sector, and improve the number of home care packages available to senior Australians.

With more than 100,000 older Australians still on the waiting list to access home care services, ACS chief executive Pat Sparrow said it was time to introduce a better process, and allow for better access.

“There’s an unacceptably high number of older Australians without the appropriate level of home care – either those on a lower level package than they have been approved to receive, or the many still waiting to access home care services for the first time,” she said.

“More must be done to ensure the appropriate package is allocated in a timely way to those needing essential services.”

As part of the 21 recommendations in the submission, Sparrow called for changes to the current allocation process.

“ACSA’s view is that the government could immediately alleviate some of this pressure in the system by implementing a number of key recommendations of the Legislated Review 2017, including funding additional level 3 and 4 packages,” she said.

“More can be done to ensure the many older Australians waiting for home care are able to access the services they require.”

ACSA also continues to push the importance of new funding initiatives to ensure the industry’s sustainability, particularly as it prepares to care for a rapidly growing ageing population.

“Funding decisions must consider the need to migrate the aged care sector to a more sustainable and stable footing into the future,” Sparrow said.

“That is why we are calling on government to entertain the recommendations of the Legislated Review 2017 asking those who can contribute more to the cost of their care to do so.

“Stable financing arrangements are required with the rapid ageing of Australia’s population; now is the time for government to be having an important conversation with the community about their expectations of care, and how that care can be afforded into the future.”

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