More HACC funding for Vic and NSW

The federal government has announced new funding for the Home and Community Care program in Victoria and NSW. HACC will become one part of the larger Commonwealth Home Support Program from July 2015.

The federal government has announced a boost to funding for the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) of $35.6 million in New South Wales, and $21.9 million in Victoria.

The Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Social Inclusion, Mark Butler, said the funding would help provide important services such as domestic assistance, personal care and social support to 260,000 people in NSW, and 275,000 in Victoria.

“These are the services that older Australians tell me they need to remain independent in their own homes and communities and close to family and friends,” Mr Butler said. 

NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said that with the support of the NSW Government, the funding boost for Home and Community Care would deliver an additional 486,263 hours of support, 42,900 meals and 518,145 community transport trips. 

“This funding will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the HACC service system, providing the much needed care and support for people to remain in their own homes and prevent their inappropriate or premature admission into residential aged care,” Mr Constance said. 

Funding is being provided to over 290 organisations in NSW, including:

Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis, said the Victorian Coalition Government had contributed $8.8 million to the $21.9 million package. 

“This will deliver 66,000 more hours of allied health services such as physiotherapy, podiatry and dietetics, about 34,000 more hours of personal care and an additional 26,000 hours of domestic assistance,” Mr Davis said. 

“The package also delivers more than 162,000 additional hours of social support, which includes one-on-one support for seniors and planned activity groups to keep seniors active and healthy and reduce social isolation.” 

Funding is being provided to 456 Victorian organisations including:

As part of the Living Longer, Living Better aged care reforms, the HACC program will become part of the new national Commonwealth Home Support Program from July 2015, which will also cover services currently funded through the Day Therapy Centres, National Respite for Carers, and Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged programs. A further $880.1 million is being provided to increase the number of Home Care packages by nearly 40,000 to 100,000. 

“By 2050, over 3.5 million Australians will access aged care each year with around 80 per cent of the services delivered in the community. Our aged care reforms and the significant investment we’re making will ensure the system keeps up with the needs and preferences of older people living in Victoria,” Minister Butler said. 

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