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Home care packages to support more older Australians

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 6,100 older Australians will live independently for longer following a $325.7 million investment in new home care packages by the Government.

 

The extra 6,105 home care packages brings the total number of additional packages to over 50,000 since the 18-19 Budget, at a cost of more than $3 billion.

 

Home care package numbers will increase to 164,135 in 2022-23 – up more than 170 per cent since Labor were last in office – with funding increasing by 258 per cent due to growth in high-level packages.

 

The Government remained focused on the needs of older Australians, particularly as the country battled the impacts of COVID-19.

 

Our number one priority for older Australians is to keep people safe and healthy and to live independently.

 

Following a request from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Government has agreed to extend its reporting period for a further three and a half months due to the impact of COVID-19.

 

The Commission will now deliver its final report by 26 February, 2021.