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Media release: Aged Care Taskforce Report released

National Seniors Australia is pleased to see today’s release of the Aged Care Taskforce Report – a long awaited and necessary step towards a more sustainable system to support improved quality care.

Today’s release of the Aged Care Taskforce report is a necessary step towards a more sustainable system to support improved quality care.

“Like many, we have eagerly awaited the recommendations proposed by the Taskforce,” National Seniors Australia (NSA) CEO Chris Grice said.

“NSA is pleased the Taskforce has recommended a strong safety net for those who cannot afford to pay and that changes be introduced incrementally with grandfathering for people already in the system.”

The Taskforce report has recommended government should be the primary funder of clinical support, such as nursing care, but co-contributions for living costs, such as cleaning and accommodation, be increased for those who can afford to pay, as the primary means of making aged care financially sustainable.

“For greater contributions from older people using aged care to gain acceptance, government must ensure quality of care,” Mr Grice said.

“As detailed in our submission to the Aged Care Taskforce, any changes to funding must be reasonable and introduced incrementally; aged care providers should be transparent and accountable; and care should be of the highest quality.

“While the report provides a general roadmap for funding reform, there is limited detail about how changes to co-contributions will work in practice.

“The government must consult with the community about changes to funding arrangements, especially those related to co-contributions. NSA looks forward to being a part of these conversations.

“It is unfortunate the report and the government’s response were not available to inform consultations around the new Aged Care Act.

“The government has committed to a 1 July 2024 deadline for legislation to enshrine the basic rights of older people. The new Act must be passed in this term of parliament.”

Media enquiries, please call Media & External Relations Advisor Anna Townend 0488 047 380.

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