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PM announces 6100 new home care packages, many still waiting

The federal government has announced it is funding another 6100 home care packages.

“We will take every opportunity in the future, including the budget and the mid-year statement that follows, to continue to address this task,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

“This is about ensuring that Australians as they age have greater choices, that families have greater choices.”

Some 50,000 home care packages have been added since the 2018/19 budget at a cost of $3 billion.

But there are 104,000 older Australians who have been approved for care but are still waiting for packages.

The new funding will be split between level one, two and three packages.

Labor points out there are nearly 22,000 people waiting for level four, the highest care needs.

“Time and time again the Morrison government’s miserly announcements of new home care packages have failed to address the true scale of Australia’s aged care crisis,” opposition spokesperson for ageing Julie Collins said.

Wednesday’s announcement was “yet another drop in the ocean”, she said.

COTA Australia acknowledged the 50,000 home care packages funded since May 2018 was a substantial increase but still well short of what was needed.

“More people than ever will receive home care, but it’s still unacceptable that people can wait for over a year for high care at home after they have been assessed as needing it,” chief executive Ian Yates said.

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