Enhanced access, quality and safety in aged care
The 2020-21 Budget provides a record level of $2.0 billion support into aged care over four years to progress reforms to deliver improved outcomes for consumers and providers.
Support for consumers includes:
- $1.6 billion over four years from 2020-21 for the release of an additional 23,000 home care packages across all package levels.
- $125.3 million over three years from 2020-21 to support older Australians with a disability who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- $29.8 million over three years from 2021-22 to administer the new serious incident response scheme
Support for providers and the workforce includes:
- $91.6 million over two years from 2020-21 to continue the reform to residential aged care funding including undertaking ‘shadow assessments’ using the Australian National Aged Care Classification.
- $35.6 million over two years from 2020-21 for additional funding for the Business Improvement Fund to improve the financial viability of aged care providers.
- $10.3 million over three years from 2020-21 to support the implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
Younger people out of residential aged care
Welcome support is provided for younger people living in residential aged care. $10.6 million in2020-21 was announced for a national network of system coordinators to help younger people in age-appropriate accommodation and transition to independent living in the community.
Aged Care Royal Commission Report on COVID-19
Following the release of the special report on COVID-19 by the Aged Care Royal Commission in October 2020, the government announced it will accept all six recommendations and is investing$40.6 million in its initial response. A report to Parliament on implementation of the Commission’s recommendations is expected by 1 December 2020.
COVID-19 response package
COVID-19 has impacted older Australians in aged care disproportionally. $746.3 million of dedicated funding has been announced over four years, including:
Support for consumers:
- $71.4 million in 2020-21 to support residents of aged care facilities who temporarily leave care to live with their families.
Support for providers and the workforce:
- $245.0 million in 2020-21 for a COVID supplement to assist all Commonwealth funded residential aged care providers and home care providers with the cost of operating during the pandemic.
- $205.1 million over two years from 2020-21 to support the direct care workforce through a third instalment of the workforce retention bonus and additional funding for the second instalment.
- $103.4 million in 2020-21 to continue the COVID-19 aged care preparedness measure that supports aged care providers to manage and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19, including infection control.
- $10.8 million over five years from 2020-21 to enhance the skills and competencies of Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses in aged care.
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