Aged care – Securing the future of aged care for Australians – increased support for Assistance for Care and Housing for the Aged

This will provide additional funding to put older homeless people in touch with relevant care and accommodation options.

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Why is this important?

  • People who are homeless or who do not have secure accommodation may find it difficult to gain access to aged care services.
  • The Assistance for Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) program helps to link homeless older people and those in insecure housing to care and accommodation.
  • ACHA providers are largely charitable or religious not-for-profit organisations, many of whom are also providers of community care services. ACHA providers work closely with state government housing authorities to help eligible clients to obtain better accommodation options. When more stable accommodation is arranged, the ACHA provider links the client to the community care services that will best meet the client’s care needs.
  • This measure will provide further funding to existing providers to enable them to help more people obtain housing and community care services. It will also make funding available to new providers to expand ACHA into new regions. This is the first real growth in the ACHA program since its introduction in 1992.

Who will benefit?

  • From 1 July 2007 older Australians who are homeless or who lack secure housing will benefit through better links to accommodation options and improved connections with community aged care services.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $5.7 million to expand the ACHA program for both new and existing providers over the next four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • The ACHA program began in 1992.
  • The Australian Government announced in the 2004-05 Budget that it would provide an additional $2.2 billion over five years for aged care. Since then the Government has announced the provision of a further $1.6 billion over five years as part of the new aged care funding package called Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing measure.

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