The Aged Care Industry Council (ACIC) has renewed its calls for a fair funding deal for aged and community care providers.

The industry leaders warned both major parties that the quality of care that older Australians receive would be threatened unless funding was increased to match costs.

ACIC asked both parties to commit to a new indexation formula and the continuation of the Conditional Adjustment Payment (CAP) beyond 2008 in residential care, arguing that it should be extended to cover community care programs as well. The CAP currently provides an extra 1.75 per cent of funding in residential aged care.

“Without a new funding model Australians will increasingly face difficulties finding care for ageing relatives and our older people will not be assured of the quality of care they deserve,” said ACIC spokesman Rod Young.

The industry body suggested that aged care funding be adjusted annually on the basis of a new cost index.

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