The Turnbull Government’s record $5 billion aged care Budget boost over five years will see the total number of home care packages rise from approximately 87,500 now to 151,000 by 2022.
This includes 34,000 more high-level home care packages. The first phase of this rollout began in July.
Before releasing the latest quarterly home care data today, I wanted assurance that as many people as possible who are approved for home services are receiving support.
The new data shows that a record number are receiving home care packages and three-quarters of those listed for home care are receiving Federal Government support to help them remain living in their own homes. This includes older Australians receiving home care packages and assistance through the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
Unlike Labor, the Turnbull Government makes public an unprecedented level of home care information.
Under Labor there was zero disclosure and zero transparency.
There was no home care prioritisation list and they ripped over $255 million out of aged care in their last three Budgets.
Since the Coalition came to power, Commonwealth aged care investment has grown by around $1 billion a year.
Building on this, the aged care budget will rise from $18.6 billion a year to $23.6 billion a year by 2022.
The Turnbull Government is listening to older Australians and investing strongly in their care.