The Australian Government has committed to restore dignity to aged care, ensuring older people are treated with the respect they deserve.
The Government’s 2023-24 Budget responds to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, supporting key initiatives to:
- Fund the Fair Work Commission interim decision for a 15% pay increase, the largest ever wage increase for aged care workers, recognising the complex work they do.
- Improve provider regulation through a new regulatory model, to be reflected in a new Aged Care Act, and enhancing measurement of quality standards.
- Establish a new Aged Care Taskforce to review aged care funding arrangements and develop options to make the system fair and equitable for all Australians.
- Develop the final design of the Support at Home program, postponed to commence on 1 July 2025, allowing for further refinement of the program’s design.
- Put older people at the centre of residential aged care, assigning care places to people.
- Introduce new initiatives for GPs to provide care to residents through My Medicare.
- Ensure long term sustainability for the aged care system, providers will be monitored for financial risk and viability supported through targeted programs.
- Improve access to high quality aged care for First Nations elders and boost provider support and worker training to build care capacity.
Read more about the aged care Budget initiatives.
Department of Health and Aged Care