Thursday, 20 September 2018
Home Care Packages; Order for the Production of Documents
That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, by 5 pm on 28 September 2018, the most recent data on the number of people in the national prioritisation queue who have been waiting longer than 12 months to receive home care packages.
Labor has repeatedly called for the Liberal-National government to release the latest data on the home care package waitlist, which is now weeks late. Disappointingly, the minister for aged care delayed the last set of data, March 2018, by more than three months. What is the government trying to hide? The delayed 2018 quarter of data on the home care package waitlist revealed more than 108,000 older Australians are waiting for care. This includes around 88,000 older Australians waiting with high needs, many with dementia. This is now a crisis made under the watch of the Liberal-National government. This government now needs to act and fix the growing waitlist. Labor will support this motion but calls on the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care to release this data immediately.
Question agreed to.