Senate debates

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Questions without Notice

Aged Care

2:36 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Public Service) Share this | Hansard source

I would say, yes, residential aged care gets a lot of, I think, public attention, but the government accepts that home care and community care are an essential part of our service system for supporting older Australians. It has received increases in funding. I would note that since we've come to government we have delayed the implementation for the new in-home aged-care program by 12 months because we had been getting feedback from people about it being too rigid to support older Australians and the conditions and circumstances and the nature of house support provided. So that is something that we're doing, and we will consult widely and talk to all of those organisations about the best way forward. But our position is that we need that extra 12 months. That's in line with the royal commission. And, whilst there are significant resources—I think in the order of over $6 billion a year—going into home care at the moment— (Time expired)


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