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Wednesday, 8 August 2007
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Senator McLucas asked the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 14 June 2007:

(1) (a)   For each Aged Care Planning Region, how many provisionally-allocated aged care bed licenses are yet to come online that are: (i) 1 year old, (ii) 2 years old, (iii) 3 years old, (iv) years old, (v) 5 years old, (vi) 6 years old, (vii) 7 years old, (viii) 8 years old, (ix) 9 years old, (x) 10 years old and (xi) more than 10 years old; and (b) what is the projected date of operation for each of these bed licenses.

(2) (a)   For each of the financial years from 2001-02 to 2006-07 to date, by Aged Care Planning Region, how many provisionally-allocated aged care bed licenses have been returned to the department; and (b) what are the key reasons that these licenses were returned.

(3)   What is the average time that it takes for a Community Aged Care Package (CACP) to become operational.

(4)   What are the average times that it takes for an Extended Aged Care At Home (EACH) and an Extended Aged Care At Home - Dementia (EACH-D) packages to become operational.

(5)   For each Aged Care Planning Region, can the population data that will be used by the department in 2007 be provided for ages 70 and over.

(6)   For each local government authority in Australia, in December 2006, how many benchmark places, operational places, operational places shortfall, operational places ratio for high and low care residential aged care beds, CACP, EACH and EACH-D places were there.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   The information addressing this question is at Attachment A. (b) The Aged Care Act 1997 allows approved providers to bring provisionally-allocated places into operation up to two years after the day of allocation and allows the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing to extend the provisional allocation period under certain circumstances. The Department is able to report the date the current extension of the provisional allocation expires in respect of places  allocated more than two years ago. The information in respect of those places is at Attachment B. This data is correct as at the 31 December 2006 stocktake of approvals.

(2) (a)   The information addressing this question, which includes surrendered, revoked and              lapsed provisionally allocated places is at Attachment C. (b) The provisionally-allocated places listed in Attachment C were returned in accordance with related sections of the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care Principles 1997. No specific reasons are required from the approved providers under the Act to surrender places. Revocations reflect the failure of the providers to make reasonable progress toward bringing places into operation. Places lapse where a provider does not apply for an extension of time to make them operational or where the Department of Health and Ageing does not approve an extension of time.

(3)   and (4) The Department is unable to provide an average time that it takes for Community Care places (CACPs, EACH and EACH Dementia) to become operational as data is collated twice yearly through the stocktake of aged care places. From this measure it can be said that Community Care places become operational with rare exception, within six months of allocation.

(5)   Population data to be used in the 30 June 2007 stocktake is at Attachment D. The Department is negotiating with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to obtain more recent projections of the over 70’s population (based on the 2006 census). Revised projections, taking into account the 2006 population census, are likely to be made available to the Department in late 2007 for use in the December 2007 stocktake.

(6)   The Australian Government allocates aged care places by Aged Care Planning Region (ACPR), not by local government authority. The December 2006 stocktake results covering allocated and operational places and their ratios by ACPR are available on the Senate Community Affairs website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/estimates/add_0607/vol2_doha_may07.pdf There is not a benchmark target at a local government or ACPR level. The national target (now superceded) for aged care places is 108 operational places per thousand people aged 70 or more, to be achieved by the end of 2007. As at 31 December 2006, the operational ratio was 107.8, indicating that the end of 2007 target will be met and likely exceeded.

Attachment A

Provisionally allocated residential places yet to come on line as at 31 December 2006

State

Aged Care Planning Region

1-2

Years Old

2-3

Years Old

3-4

Years Old

4-5

Years Old

5-6

Years Old

6-7

Years Old

7-8

Years Old

8-9

Years Old

NSW

Central Coast

189

20

60

62

0

0

0

0

Central West

28

10

0

0

6

0

0

0

Far North Coast

205

6

0

0

40

0

0

0

Hunter

282

60

35

37

0

0

0

0

Illawarra

379

146

0

197

58

0

0

0

Inner West

20

45

0

0

40

0

57

0

Mid North Coast

244

164

0

198

0

0

0

0

Nepean

43

0

0

60

30

0

0

0

New England

35

63

0

21

0

0

0

0

Northern Sydney

103

6

0

100

0

0

0

0

Orana Far West

68

0

0

0

26

0

0

0

Riverina/Murray

133

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

South East Sydney

424

128

0

104

0

0

30

0

South West Sydney

239

79

0

46

16

0

0

0

Southern Highlands

149

0

0

69

33

0

0

0

Western Sydney

65

20

0

112

70

0

0

0

VIC

Barwon-South Western

10

125

0

0

30

0

0

0

Eastern Metro

293

218

0

55

0

0

0

0

Gippsland

142

80

0

35

20

0

0

0

Grampians

78

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

Hume

39

0

0

30

0

0

0

0

Loddon-Mallee

100

0

0

0

10

0

0

0

Northern Metro

582

6

0

82

0

0

0

0

Southern Metro

643

267

0

92

0

0

0

0

Western Metro

263

180

0

116

45

0

0

0

QLD

Brisbane North

74

49

0

0

0

38

0

0

Brisbane South

316

105

0

58

0

0

0

0

Cabool

348

60

0

14

0

0

0

0

Darling Downs

59

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

Far North

89

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fitzroy

26

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

Logan River Valley

376

23

0

60

0

0

0

0

Mackay

48

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

North West

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern

57

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Coast

435

14

0

71

15

0

0

0

South West

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sunshine Coast

441

12

0

13

0

0

0

0

West Moreton

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wide Bay

272

77

0

16

0

0

0

0

SA

Hills, Mallee & Southern

30

45

0

40

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan East

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan North

221

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan South

288

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan West

14

0

0

30

0

0

0

0

Mid North

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

Whyalla, Flinders & Far North

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Yorke, Lower North & Barossa

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WA

Goldfields

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Great Southern

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kimberley

0

0

0

12

5

0

0

5

Metropolitan East

46

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan North

194

167

0

169

40

0

0

0

Metropolitan South East

154

17

0

30

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan South West

262

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mid West

20

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pilbara

0

0

0

9

20

0

4

0

South West

64

20

0

32

30

0

0

0

Wheatbelt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TAS

North Western

62

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern

117

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern

89

77

0

0

0

0

0

0

NT

Alice Springs

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

Darwin

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ACT

ACT

231

62

0

81

0

0

0

0

Note: There are no provisionally allocated places older than 9 years

Attachment B

Dates Current Extension to Provisional Allocation period expires for Provisional Allocations that were two or more years old at 31 December 2006

State

Aged Care Planning Region

Age Range (Years)

Outstanding PAs

Date extension of provisional allocation expires

ACT

ACT

4-5

50

1/04/08

4-5

15

1/04/08

4-5

11

26/05/08

4-5

5

1/05/08

2-3

25

9/02/08

2-3

10

9/02/08

2-3

12

2/02/08

2-3

4

2/05/08

2-3

11

9/08/07

NSW

Central Coast

4-5

22

25/11/07

4-5

40

25/02/08

2-3

20

25/02/08

3-4

60

25/02/08

Central West

5-6

6

1/02/07

Far North Coast

2-3

6

17/01/08

5-6

40

11/01/08

Hunter

3-4

35

27/02/07

2-3

60

16/01/08

4-5

37

26/06/07

Illawarra

4-5

32

31/01/07

4-5

40

25/08/07

5-6

39

30/06/07

5-6

19

30/06/07

4-5

60

30/06/07

2-3

30

30/06/07

4-5

65

17/07/07

2-3

86

17/07/07

2-3

30

17/03/07

Inner West

2-3

45

17/07/08

5-6

40

11/04/07

6-7

57

1/08/07

Mid North Coast

4-5

13

31/07/07

2-3

15

17/01/08

2-3

40

17/01/08

4-5

85

25/02/07

2-3

25

17/01/07

2-3

84

16/07/07

4-5

100

28/01/08

Nepean

5-6

30

27/07/07

4-5

60

25/05/07

New England

4-5

13

26/03/07

4-5

8

27/07/07

2-3

16

17/01/08

Northern Sydney

2-3

6

15/01/08

4-5

22

24/02/07

4-5

14

27/01/08

4-5

22

24/02/07

4-5

42

27/03/07

South East Sydney

4-5

4

25/05/07

6-7

30

28/04/08

4-5

33

30/04/07

4-5

25

31/01/07

4-5

27

27/07/07

4-5

15

14/02/08

2-3

80

16/06/07

2-3

48

17/06/07

South West Sydney

4-5

12

31/03/07

5-6

16

16/01/08

2-3

16

16/01/08

4-5

20

16/01/08

2-3

25

16/01/08

2-3

38

16/01/08

4-5

14

30/09/07

Southern Highlands

5-6

33

31/12/07

4-5

20

25/03/07

4-5

21

27/07/07

4-5

22

31/03/07

4-5

6

31/03/07

Western Sydney

2-3

20

17/01/08

4-5

32

27/04/07

4-5

60

31/03/07

5-6

30

11/04/07

5-6

40

11/07/07

4-5

20

27/07/07

NT

Alice Springs

2-3

10

16/01/07

QLD

Brisbane North

2-3

16

16/07/07

2-3

33

16/01/07

Brisbane South

4-5

20

25/05/07

2-3

40

25/05/07

2-3

65

16/01/08

4-5

38

25/07/07

Cabool

4-5

14

27/01/07

2-3

60

16/01/07

Darling Downs

4-5

3

21/12/07

Fitzroy

2-3

10

17/07/08

2-3

12

14/07/07

Logan River Valley

4-5

55

25/11/07

2-3

23

16/07/07

4-5

5

31/01/07

South Coast

4-5

60

27/01/07

4-5

11

27/01/07

5-6

15

11/01/07

2-3

14

16/01/07

Sunshine Coast

2-3

12

16/01/08

4-5

13

25/07/07

Wide Bay

2-3

17

16/07/07

2-3

60

16/01/08

4-5

16

25/01/07

SA

Hills, Mallee and Southern

4-5

40

27/01/08

2-3

45

31/03/07

Metropolitan East

4-5

30

31/05/07

Metropolitan North

2-3

50

31/03/08

Metropolitan South

2-3

11

16/07/07

Mid North

2-3

3

16/04/07

2-3

4

16/01/08

TAS

Northern Tasmania

2-3

4

31/07/07

2-3

15

31/07/07

Southern Tasmania

2-3

25

31/07/07

2-3

52

31/07/07

Vic

Barwon-South Western

5-6

30

15/12/07

2-3

75

10/03/07

2-3

20

15/01/08

2-3

30

15/01/08

Eastern Metro

4-5

20

23/11/07

4-5

5

1/03/08

4-5

30

25/11/07

2-3

30

14/04/07

2-3

60

14/01/08

2-3

18

15/01/08

2-3

30

15/01/08

2-3

110

15/01/07

Gippsland

5-6

20

10/07/07

2-3

5

14/07/07

2-3

15

16/01/08

2-3

60

1/03/08

4-5

35

26/10/07

Grampians

5-6

4

26/06/07

Hume

4-5

30

24/05/07

Loddon-Mallee

5-6

10

30/06/07

Northern Metro

4-5

14

26/01/08

4-5

30

25/07/07

4-5

30

23/08/07

4-5

8

26/03/07

2-3

6

15/01/07

Southern Metro

4-5

69

31/12/07

2-3

30

15/01/08

2-3

13

14/01/07

4-5

15

24/01/08

2-3

60

15/01/08

4-5

8

23/11/07

2-3

64

23/11/07

2-3

40

17/07/07

Western Metro

2-3

90

14/11/07

4-5

30

25/01/08

4-5

21

30/08/07

4-5

10

25/01/08

4-5

20

15/01/08

2-3

30

15/01/08

2-3

90

17/08/07

4-5

10

24/11/07

4-5

10

24/11/07

5-6

45

30/11/07

4-5

15

25/04/07

WA

Kimberley

8-9

5

19/03/07

5-6

5

31/01/07

4-5

12

31/01/07

Metropolitan North

5-6

10

31/12/07

4-5

66

1/03/08

2-3

61

11/01/08

5-6

30

19/03/07

4-5

16

19/03/07

4-5

40

25/06/07

4-5

47

18/12/07

2-3

24

28/02/07

2-3

2

31/12/07

2-3

80

12/01/07

Metropolitan South East

4-5

30

26/05/07

2-3

6

26/11/08

2-3

11

15/01/08

Metropolitan South West

2-3

11

28/02/07

2-3

20

31/12/07

Pilbara

7-8

4

15/01/07

5-6

20

16/04/08

4-5

9

15/01/08

South West

5-6

30

15/01/07

4-5

32

15/07/07

2-3

20

15/04/07

Note: This data is as at 31 December 2006. Since that date, many of these places have become operational.

Attachment C

Returned Provisionally Allocated Places

State Territory

Aged Care Planning Region 

2001-02 

2002-03 

2003-04 

2004-05 

2005-06 

*2006-07 

NSW

Central Coast

68

60

25

 

173

 

Central West

 

 

 

 

6

 

Far North Coast

 

 

31

 

 

13

Hunter

 

 

20

2

13

 

Inner West

 

20

 

 

42

 

Illawarra

 

3

 

 

 

 

Mid North Coast

 

2

 

 

 

7

New England

 

 

 

18

22

 

Nepean

 

 

 

 

55

 

Northern Sydney

 

 

1

1

 

 

Orana Far West

10

 

 

15

 

16

Riverina/Murray

27

13

 

5

 

 

South East Sydney

 

 

66

 

 

66

South West Sydney

20

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Highlands

 

 

10

 

20

 

VIC

Barwon-South Western

 

 

 

 

32

15

Dandenong

 

17

 

 

 

 

Eastern Metro

13

 

 

30

 

6

Gippsland

 

 

 

60

 

 

Grampians

 

 

 

 

25

 

Hume

 

 

 

7

 

 

Loddon Mallee

 

 

33

 

 

30

Eastern Metro

 

20

 

 

34

 

Northern Metro

 

 

 

10

65

19

Southern Metro

 

1

65

2

50

 

Western Metro

 

15

 

 

16

 

QLD

Brisbane North

 

 

 

 

66

 

Logan River Valley

 

 

 

 

7

 

Northern

 

 

 

 

10

 

North West

 

 

 

 

 

10

Fitzroy

 

 

 

2

4

2

SA

Eyre Peninsula

 

4

 

 

 

 

Metropolitan North

 

44

 

 

 

 

Riverland

 

15

 

 

 

 

Whyalla, Flinders & Far North

 

 

 

20

 

 

WA

Great Southern

 

 

 

 

16

 

Metropolitan East

 

20

 

 

20

 

Metropolitan North

 

 

 

 

36

 

Mid West

 

 

13

8

 

 

South West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheatbelt

 

14

 

 

25

 

TAS

Northern

 

20

 

 

 

 

Southern

50

 

27

 

 

27

NT

Darwin

 

 

 

 

40

 

ACT

Australian Capital Territory

 

 

36

 

 

42

Australian Total

 

188

268

327

180

777

*253

* Up to 31 December 2006

Attachment D

Projected Population of People Aged 70 or More, by Aged Care Planning Regions 30 June 2007 Stocktake

State

Aged Care Planning Region

Population Aged 70+

State

Aged Care Planning Region

Population Aged 70+

NSW

Central Coast

42,655

SA

Eyre Peninsula

3,602

Central West

18,558

Hills, Mallee & Southern

13,397

Far North Coast

37,464

Metropolitan East

35,608

Hunter

64,373

Metropolitan North

26,382

Illawarra

44,438

Metropolitan South

39,667

Inner West

41,940

Metropolitan West

29,234

Mid North Coast

42,535

Mid North

3,607

Nepean

21,442

Riverland

4,690

New England

19,222

South East

6,449

Northern Sydney

84,265

Whyalla, Flinders & Far North

4,036

Orana Far West

15,784

Yorke, Lower North & Barossa

10,469

Riverina/Murray

28,916

SA

177,141

South East Sydney

84,484

WA

Goldfields

2,674

South West Sydney

63,469

Great Southern

7,498

Southern Highlands

23,274

Kimberley

1,205

Western Sydney

54,692

Metropolitan East

26,441

NSW

687,511

Metropolitan North

44,869

VIC

Barwon-South Western

41,991

Metropolitan South East

28,684

Eastern Metro

101,621

Metropolitan South West

39,700

Gippsland

29,211

Mid West

4,981

Grampians

23,830

Pilbara

719

Hume

28,032

South West

12,513

Loddon-Mallee

34,550

Wheatbelt

5,193

Northern Metro

72,384

WA

174,477

Southern Metro

122,486

TAS

North Western

11,958

Western Metro

53,632

Northern

14,941

VIC

507,737

Southern

24,894

QLD

Brisbane North

41,881

TAS

51,793

Brisbane South

57,273

NT

Alice Springs

990

Cabool

27,497

Barkly

121

Central West

984

Darwin

3,629

Darling Downs

23,177

East Arnhem

160

Far North

17,455

Katherine

419

Fitzroy

15,506

NT

5,319

Logan River Valley

16,123

ACT

ACT

23,041

Mackay

9,419

ACT

23,041

North West

1,608

Northern

16,248

South Coast

46,859

South West

2,060

Sunshine Coast

39,516

West Moreton

13,453

Wide Bay

26,367

QLD

355,426

Australian Total

1,982,445