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Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013

2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013

 

No.      , 2013

 

(Health and Ageing)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Aged Care Act 1997 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

4............ Review of operation of amendments................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2013                                 5

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                     5

Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                                     5

Part 2—Transitional and savings provisions                                                     27

Schedule 2—Amendments commencing on 1 January 2014                      29

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                   29

Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                                   29

Part 2—Transitional and savings provisions                                                     38

Schedule 3—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2014                               40

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                   40

Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                                   40

Part 2—Transitional and savings provisions                                                   134

Schedule 4—Amendments of other Acts                                                              135

Part 1—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2013                                    135

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999                                     135

Part 2—Amendments commencing on 1 July 2014                                    136

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999                                     136

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995                                       136

Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973                                                                  137

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         137

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          139

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           140

Schedule 5—Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997                    145

Part 1—Enactment                                                                                                      145

Part 2—Amendments                                                                                                 146

Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997                                                  146

Part 3—Transitional and savings provisions                                                   169

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Aged Care Act 1997 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

1 July 2013.

1 July 2013

3.  Schedule 2

1 January 2014.

1 January 2014

4.  Schedule 3

1 July 2014.

1 July 2014

5.  Schedule 4, Part 1

1 July 2013.

1 July 2013

6.  Schedule 4, Part 2

1 July 2014.

1 July 2014

7.  Schedule 5, Part 1

1 July 2014.

 

1 July 2014

8.  Schedule 5, Parts 2 and 3

Immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 7.

1 July 2014

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4   Review of operation of amendments

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review to be undertaken of the operation of the amendments made by:

                     (a)  this Act; and

                     (b)  the Aged Care (Bond Security) Amendment Act 2013 ; and

                     (c)  the Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Amendment Act 2013 .

             (2)  The review must consider at least the following matters:

                     (a)  whether unmet demand for residential and home care places has been reduced;

                     (b)  whether the number and mix of places for residential care and home care should continue to be controlled;

                     (c)  whether further steps could be taken to change key aged care services from a supply driven model to a consumer demand driven model;

                     (d)  the effectiveness of means testing arrangements for aged care services, including an assessment of the alignment of charges across residential care and home care services;

                     (e)  the effectiveness of arrangements for regulating prices for aged care accommodation;

                      (f)  the effectiveness of arrangements for protecting equity of access to aged care services for different population groups;

                     (g)  the effectiveness of workforce strategies in aged care services, including strategies for the education, recruitment, retention and funding of aged care workers;

                     (h)  the effectiveness of arrangements for protecting refundable deposits and accommodation bonds;

                      (i)  the effectiveness of arrangements for facilitating access to aged care services;

                      (j)  any other related matter that the Minister specifies.

             (3)  The review must make provision for public consultation and, in particular, must provide for consultation with:

                     (a)  approved providers; and

                     (b)  aged care workers; and

                     (c)  consumers; and

                     (d)  people with special needs; and

                     (e)  carers; and

                      (f)  representatives of consumers.

             (4)  The review must be undertaken as soon as practicable after the end of the period of 3 years after the commencement of Schedule 1.

             (5)  The person who undertakes the review must give the Minister a written report of the review within 12 months after the end of the 3 year period.

             (6)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report of the review to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.