Aged Care legislation passes lower house

Crucial federal legislation on aged care reform has passed the Lower House but it remains to be seen whether the new laws will pass the Senate before the scheduled 1 July starting date.

Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said the Living Longer Living Better legislation, which is comprised of five bills, would need the support of all sides of politics to pass the Senate.

The reforms were drawn up in consultation with consumer representatives, aged care providers, unions and the Productivity Commission.

National Seniors members identified adequate staffing levels in residential care, the ability to age in place and the exemption of the family home from the assets test as key components of the age care reform package.

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