Enhanced access, quality and safety in aged care

The 2020-21 Budget provides a record level of $2.0 billion support into aged care over four years to progress reforms to deliver improved outcomes for consumers and providers.

Support for consumers includes:

  • $1.6 billion over four years from 2020-21 for the release of an additional 23,000 home care packages across all package levels.
  • $125.3 million over three years from 2020-21 to support older Australians with a disability who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  • $29.8 million over three years from 2021-22 to administer the new serious incident response scheme

Support for providers and the workforce includes:

  • $91.6 million over two years from 2020-21 to continue the reform to residential aged care funding including undertaking ‘shadow assessments’ using the Australian National Aged Care Classification.
  • $35.6 million over two years from 2020-21 for additional funding for the Business Improvement Fund to improve the financial viability of aged care providers.
  • $10.3 million over three years from 2020-21 to support the implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

Younger people out of residential aged care

Welcome support is provided for younger people living in residential aged care. $10.6 million in2020-21 was announced for a national network of system coordinators to help younger people in age-appropriate accommodation and transition to independent living in the community.

Aged Care Royal Commission Report on COVID-19

Following the release of the special report on COVID-19 by the Aged Care Royal Commission in October 2020, the government announced it will accept all six recommendations and is investing$40.6 million in its initial response. A report to Parliament on implementation of the Commission’s recommendations is expected by 1 December 2020.

COVID-19 response package

COVID-19 has impacted older Australians in aged care disproportionally. $746.3 million of dedicated funding has been announced over four years, including:

Support for consumers:

  • $71.4 million in 2020-21 to support residents of aged care facilities who temporarily leave care to live with their families.

Support for providers and the workforce:

  • $245.0 million in 2020-21 for a COVID supplement to assist all Commonwealth funded residential aged care providers and home care providers with the cost of operating during the pandemic.
  • $205.1 million over two years from 2020-21 to support the direct care workforce through a third instalment of the workforce retention bonus and additional funding for the second instalment.
  • $103.4 million in 2020-21 to continue the COVID-19 aged care preparedness measure that supports aged care providers to manage and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19, including infection control.
  • $10.8 million over five years from 2020-21 to enhance the skills and competencies of Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses in aged care.

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