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Senator the Hon Santo Santoro Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

Suite M 1.46 • Parliament House • Canberra ACT 2600 • Tel: (02) 6277 7280 • Fax: (02) 6273 4138 www.health.gov.au/minist.htm --- www.seniors.gov.au

1 May 2006 SS38/06

Thousands of new aged-care places announced

The Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro, today announced Australian Government funding of more than $930 million for thousands of new aged-care places across the nation.

More than 28,500 new places would be provided over three years, benefiting both aged-care services and older Australians, Senator Santoro said.

Most of these places will be available for allocation through the competitive Aged Care Approvals Round, with some places allocated to national projects, such as Multi-Purpose Services and Innovative Pool pilots.

“We will make 7,678 of these places available for allocation in 2006-07 through the 2006 Aged Care Approvals Round. They have an estimated annual recurrent funding value of $230 million,” Senator Santoro said.

“The latest release of new places for next financial year, and the announcement of indicative numbers for new places for 2007-08 and 2008-09, means that the Government will have made more than 109,000 new aged care places available since 1996.”

Senator Santoro said the Government had delivered on a 2001 election commitment to provide almost 200,000 operational aged-care places by June 2006.

“We also made a further commitment in 2004 to achieve a new, higher benchmark ratio of 108 operational places per 1,000 persons aged 70 years or more, and these new places mean we are well on our way to reaching that target,” he said.

“The release of these new places is consistent with the government’s commitment to delivering and maintaining high-quality aged care for older Australians, providing greater choice in the type of care available and promoting a sustainable aged care industry.

“These new places will enable aged-care providers to deliver a range of world-class residential and home-based aged care services to older Australians.”

The 7,678 places to be made available through the 2006 Aged Care Approvals Round will comprise 4,585 residential places, 1,926 Community Aged Care places, 500 Extended Aged Care at Home packages and 667 Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages.

Suite M 1.46 • Parliament House • Canberra ACT 2600 • Tel: (02) 6277 7280 • Fax: (02) 6273 4138 www.health.gov.au/minist.htm --- www.seniors.gov.au

Details about places to be released through the Aged Care Approvals Round is attached. Further information on the new places and the 2006 ACAR can be found at www.health.gov.au/acar2006/.

Media contact: Lorraine Haase : (02) 6277 7280 or 0401 998 569

Places to be made available 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round

2006-07 2007-08* 2008-09*

State or Territory Residential CACP EACH Total Total Total

New South Wales 1,410 579 395 2,384 2,630 2,614

Victoria 1,005 427 290 1,722 2,018 1,927

Queensland 1,000 583 201 1,784 1,953 2,955

Western Australia 566 167 103 836 1,198 1,745

South Australia 260 115 98 473 559 311

Tasmania 155 35 35 225 166 171

Aus. Capital Territory 174 10 25 209 172 199

Northern Territory 15 10 20 45 41 54

Sub Totals 4,585 1,926 1,167

Totals 7,678 8,737 9,976

Note: ‘EACH’ includes both Extended Aged Care at Home packages and EACH Dementia packages for 2006-07 and 2007-08 only.

* The out-year figures in this table are indicative only. There may be some variations in these indicative figures in future years due to possible revised annual population projections and the actual rate at which previously allocated places become operational.