Extra $4 million brings total funding to $162 million for older, people with disabilities and carers in Tasmania
A funding boost of $4 million will improve care for older people, younger people with a disability and their carers in Tasmania.
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4 June 2008
Federal Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot and Tasmanian Deputy Premier, Ms Lara Giddings today announced a boost of $4 million in funding for improved care for older people, younger people with a disability, and their carers – in Tasmania.
Last year more than 29,000 Tasmanians benefited from the Home and Community Care program – this means almost six per cent received a Home and Community Care service.
Among the services the Program provides are: Meals on Wheels, transport assistance, help at home and respite for carers.
This is about helping people to remain independent in their own homes.
It also brings total Home and Community Care (HACC) program funding to $162 million. This is part of a three year plan agreed to by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.
About $93 million will come from the Australian Government and about $69 million from the Tasmanian Government - over the next three years.
For 2008-2009, the total funding for Tasmania will be $49.812 million, with a Tasmanian Government contribution of $21.150 million.
This represents an increase of $4 million of Home and Community Care funding to be provided in 2007-08.
The HACC program currently contributes more than $1.6 billion to community care services across Australia.
Mrs Elliot said the new funding will help more people maintain their independence and continue to live in the comfort of their own homes and local community.
“People tell us they want to continue living independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities – the HACC program helps this happen.
“Without it, many people would have to move prematurely into residential care,” Mrs Elliot said.
Ms Giddings said the program is an example of the State, Territory and Australian Government’s commitment to work together and adopt nationally consistent arrangements.
“The Tasmanian Government has carefully considered how HACC funding should distributed.
“While priorities vary from region to region, common services to be funded include help at home, personal care and home modifications,” Ms Giddings said.
“We will continue to ensure that the right mix of HACC services are being offered in areas most needed - to best support Tasmanians,” she said.
Mrs Elliot said she had approved the plan from Tasmania which details information on the establishment of an Access Point Demonstration Project in the southern region.
“This will result in additional funds of $262,000 this financial year to allow people in Tasmania better access to information, care assessment and support services,” Mrs Elliot said.
Home and Community Care Facts
In 2006-07, around 801,000 people across Australia received HACC services.
Tasmania received $45.72 million in HACC funding from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments in 2007-08 – $26.31 million from the Australian Government and $19.41 million from the Tasmanian Government.
This is set to increase to $49.81 million in 2008 09 – a boost of $4.09 million over 2007-08 funding.
In the 2008-09 Budget, the Rudd Government has allocated $28.662 million toward the HACC Program in Tasmania which will mark the first year of the first Triennial Plan.
In 2007-08, the HACC program received $1.652 billion nationally, $1.006 billion contributed by the Australian Government.
Media contact: Rod Scott (Deputy Premier - Giddings) 03 6233 2170
Ruci Fixter (Minister Elliot) – 0415 359 023
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