More than $500 million has been committed by the federal government towards three priority areas highlighted in the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report tabled last month.
A $537 million funding package to increase home care packages, reduce chemical restraints, and get younger people out of residential aged care was announced on Monday by prime minister Scott Morrison in response to the inquiry.
The three priority areas identified in the report, titled Neglect, was tabled in the Australian parliament last month, calling for a “fundamental overhaul” of Australia’s aged care system.
The additional 10,000 home care packages will be rolled out from 1 December this year, with the interim report having found the system as unable to cope with growing demand for home care services, and waiting times of up to 12 months or more.
“We can and must do better in providing improved support for our older Australians,” the prime minister said on Monday.
“Like every Australian, we were appalled by the revelations of the interim report, however we will do everything we can to build an aged care system of the highest quality.”