You can’t believe a word Labor says about aged care.
The Liberal National Government is continuing to increase funding for the Community Visitors Scheme, as part of our commitment to tackling loneliness and social isolation among senior Australians and our record $5 billion aged care Budget boost.
Despite Labor’s scare campaign, the new round of Community Visitors Scheme grants underway in 2019 builds on the regular annual increases made by our Government, with funding to rise from $18.1 million this financial year to $18.8 million in 2020-21.
To maximise community benefits, for the first time a competitive tender process was undertaken this year aimed at refreshing the scheme, rewarding high-performing providers and increasing access to visitor services for vulnerable older Australians.
The Scheme has traditionally had a focus on residential aged care and the intent of the current round is to increase home care visits, alongside residential care visits, while ensuring services are being delivered by high-quality providers.
I have guaranteed transitional funding, so there will be no gaps in visits for existing clients.
Rest assured, people benefiting from the Community Visitors Scheme will continue receiving their regular visits, including during the important Christmas and New Year period.
The welfare of senior Australians benefiting from the Community Visitors Scheme visits is paramount, so I have asked the Department of Health to review the grants process, to ensure the tender has been properly implemented.
Our Government has lifted aged care funding by approximately $1 billion a year since 2013 and our record new investment will increase overall funding by $5 billion over the next four years.
Here are the facts about Community Visitors Scheme funding increases:
2016-17 $17.2 million
2017-18 $17.7 million
2018-19 $18.1 million
2019-20 $18.5 million
2020-21 $18.8 million
Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449
Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.