CCOA applies budget pressure

The coalition wants more funding as an interim measure while it waits for more fundamental reforms.

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) has urged the federal government to boost aged care funding and indexation in the federal budget as an interim measure while the Productivity Commission (PC) conducts its review on the sector.

The coalition, which includes Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA), Catholic Health Australia and eight other church and charitable groups, said current funding does not meet the cost of care.

CCOA welcomed the announcement of the terms of reference for the PC inquiry last month but it said in a statement that the recently released review of the tax system highlighted the funding shortfalls in aged care.

“Dr Henry’s review recognised that major structural reform would be assessed by the Productivity Commission inquiry but said other issues including changes to current funding arrangements should be considered alongside the inquiry.”

The group is also calling for flexible funding options for aged care accommodation, a consolidation of the Commonwealth’s community care programs and better pay and support for the industry’s staff.

“Without a sustainable system, choice and access for older Australians will be further constrained,” the coalition said.

“On behalf of older people and the organisations and their dedicated staff who provide care and support for almost one million Australians, we call on the treasurer and the government to act now.”

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