The Productivity Commission has released its final report, Caring for Older Australians, which includes proposals for extensive reform of the aged care system. The report is available on the Commission’s website.
The Australian Government recognises the need for fundamental reform of the aged care system in order to ensure it can continue to provide high quality care and respond to the needs of Australia’s ageing population in a way that is affordable for the community as‑a‑whole and for future generations.
The Government is already implementing reforms to the aged care system through a range of initiatives under National Health Reform. Further reform is necessary, however, which is why the Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake its inquiry into aged care. The Commission’s report will be helpful in informing the way forward.
The Productivity Commission has recommended an integrated package of reforms and at this stage it is too early for the Government to rule anything in or out about the outcome of these recommendations. In formulating its response to the Commission’s report, the Government will listen to the views of stakeholders and the community about the changes proposed by the Commission.
In the coming months, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, will tour the country to engage in conversations with the broader community about care and support for Australians as they age.
He will also consult with industry stakeholders through the National Aged Care Alliance and the Ageing Consultative Committee.
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