Aged care – Securing the future of aged care for Australians – additional support for services for people in remote and very remote areas and with special needs

This measure will improve aged care services to Indigenous communities and people living in remote areas, mainly by capital funding to help with major building upgrades and equipment replacement.

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Why is this important?

  • Maintaining and delivering aged care services to Indigenous communities and people living in remote areas is challenging and expensive.
  • Providers delivering care to people in these difficult circumstances will receive additional practical support. Aged care professionals will be made available to provide advice on care and management issues. Capital funding will be provided to assist aged care providers to improve the quality of their buildings.
  • Emergency funding will be available to ensure continuity of care in unforseen circumstances, such as the failure of essential services or catastrophic damage to buildings.

Who will benefit?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, older people in remote locations, and homeless people will benefit from the measure.
  • A significant component of this initiative is capital funding to assist with major building upgrades and equipment replacement.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • This measure will provide $42.6 million over the first five years, starting in 2006-07.
  • $34.9 million over the five years from 2006-07 is provided for peer, professional, and emergency support.
  • Capital grants totalling $46 million will be allocated in advance during the four years from 2007-08. It is estimated that $7.7 million will be paid to providers during this period.
  • $22.7 million in capital funding will be allocated each year thereafter.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government supports providers in difficult-to-service areas through care and accommodation subsidies, through capital grants programs and, for remote services, through the payment of a Viability Supplement.
  • The Australian Government announced in the 2004 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 program is ongoing.

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