Aged Care

August 2017

Retirement village allegations on agenda for Federal and state ministers’ meeting – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Aged Care,

Retirement villages and recent allegations of unfair practises will be discussed at a meeting of State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers, Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has announced.

July 2017

Discussion paper published on future ‘at home’ aged care reforms – July 2017

Filed under: Social and Community, Aged Care,

The federal Government has released a public discussion paper to help inform future care at home reforms.

June 2017

Senate Committee to scrutinise aged care abuse – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Aged Care,

The Senate has ordered an inquiry into aged care abuse and mistreatment.

May 2017

Aged care – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Aged Care,

The Budget says that overall, the principal driver of growth over the forward estimates for assistance to the aged is income support for seniors, which is estimated to grow by 0.1 per cent in real terms from 2016-17 to 2017-18, and by 7.7 per cent in real terms from 2017-18 to 2020-21, reflecting demographic changes.

October 2016

Parkinson carries reform torch – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community, Aged Care, Health,

The Government’s top policy adviser, the head of the Prime Minister’s Department Martin Parkinson, has identified the health and aged care sectors as the main areas the Government could target for sectoral reform.

July 2016

Not for Profit politics and policy: The implications of the election outcome - so far - July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Elections, Senate, Social and Community,

Given this highly uncertain outcome, the main issue of continuing interest in the new Parliament to the Not for Profit sector – and to everyone else with a stake in the political process – is the fate of legislation in the new Parliament.

Coalition promises to address elder abuse – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Aged Care, Social Services,

A statement from the Liberal Party says the Coalition recognises that more needs to be done to protect the rights of older Australians.

Greens to seek aged care cuts reversal – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Social and Community, Aged Care,

The Greens have announced they will oppose the $1.6 billion cuts to the aged care sector made by the Government in the 2015-16 MYEFO and the most recent Federal Budget.

May 2016

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget 2016 - Aging and Aged Care

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Aged Care,

Council on the Ageing Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said older Australians will be disappointed that the next steps in aged care reform had been left out of the 2016 Budget.

Budget Overview – Government still finds some rabbits but welfare and aged care sectors hit

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Superannuation, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics,

Despite its pre-Budget claims aimed at reducing expectations, the Government has managed to produce two rabbits from its Budget hat – sweeping changes to superannuation and a complex set of reductions in company tax.

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics: Refugees and asylum seekers – May 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Social and Community, Aged Care, Charities,

The Not for Profit sector has identified refugees and asylum seekers as one of the key issues it will highlight during the Federal Election campaign.

February 2016

Changes to dementia services – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Health,

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced significant changes to programmes and services for people with dementia, their families and carers, to take effect from 1 October 2016.

Aged care testing changes under way – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

The Department of Health has announced that transition has begun implementing new arrangements for conducting Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) tests, to determine individuals eligibility for aged services and funding.

New arrangements for compulsory reporting under the Aged Care Act – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

The Department of Health has announced new arrangements for compulsory reporting under the Aged Care Act.

December 2015

Senate inquiry into aged care workforce – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

The workforce of the aged sector will be the subject of Senate inquiry proposed by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Housing for older Australians – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Housing,

A Productivity Commission research report says there is a general lack of affordable downsizing housing options for older Australians.

Senate committee to investigate aged care workforce – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

The aged care workforce will be the subject of a federal parliamentary review after the Greens Senator Rachel Siewert successfully proposed a Senate inquiry into the future of the sector’s workforce.

October 2015

Aged care changes – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Health,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has undertaken his first – minor – Cabinet reshuffle just a week after swearing in his new Cabinet, to give aged care greater prominence.

Wellbeing of Australian older people falls, according to international ranking – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Economy, Age Pension, Aged Care, Social Services,

Australia has fallen from 13th to 17th in an international ranking of the social and economic wellbeing of older people.

Call for national affordable housing strategy for older Australians – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Housing,

Aged & Community Services Australia has published a Position Paper calling for a national affordable housing strategy to ensure appropriate housing for older Australians.

Parliament and politics: Turnbull Government settling in – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Immigration, Social Services,

Unfashionable though it is to admit it, day-to-day Federal politics, which is composed of a series of consultations, decisions and policy announcements, has fallen into something of an hiatus over the last week.

Aged care changes – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Health,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has undertaken his first – minor – Cabinet reshuffle just a week after swearing in his new Cabinet, to give aged care greater prominence.

September 2015

For-profit aged care sector raises concerns about consumer directed care – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

Leading Age Services Australia, the peak industry body for the for-profit aged care sector, says the implementation of consumer directed care in the aged care sector has increased consumer confusion about aged care charges.

NSW Parliament examines elder abuse – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Social Services,

The New South Wales Parliament has launched an inquiry into the abuse of elderly people, a move that has been welcomed by Not for Profit advocates.

August 2015

Provisionally allocated residential aged care place changes – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Social Services,

The Department of Social Services has announced changes to arrangements for provisionally allocated residential aged care places as part of its ‘Red Tape Reduction Action Plan’.

Consultation on Aged Care Advocacy Services – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Social Services,

The Government has invited feedback on an options paper which forms part of its review of Commonwealth Aged Care Advocacy Services.

June 2015

Pensions deal has broad implications - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

In a week in which both major parties demonstrated a preference for cheap political tactics over policy quality, Labor’s decision to oppose the 2015 Budget’s age pension changes stands out as a costly move.

August 2014

Aged Care: New rules on aged care income testing - August 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care,

The Department of Social Services has issued a reminder that new arrangements for income testing in home care and means testing in residential care took effect on July 1.