Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:41 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

Given that today is the government's first repeal day, I want to reiterate that the government is absolutely committed to doing whatever it can to reduce the red tape and compliance burden in the aged care sector. We have already taken some steps to simplify the pricing system for aged care by scrapping what was proposed by the previous government, which was a confusing and cumbersome requirement for providers to follow quite a prescriptive process in setting prices and also the need to document and certify that process, which we thought was unnecessary. This is just one of the first things that we will do to streamline the administrative process in the aged care sector. What we ultimately want to do is to free up the staff and the management of aged care providers from being over burdened by compliance requirements. Obviously, there will be no compromise to safety, no compromise to quality, but we want to let the aged care sector do what they do best, and that is provide high quality care.


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