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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7888

Home Care Packages Program

Consideration resumed of the motion:

That this House:

1. notes that:

a. there are almost 300 older Australians who have waited more than two years for their approved home care package, without any care;

b. a further 636 older Australians have waited more than a year for care and they currently have no care at all and there are thousands more getting less care than they need;

c. the latest waiting list for home care packages indicates that more than 100,000 older Australians are waiting for the package they have been approved for; and

d. the latest figures show that the waiting list grew by more than 20,000 between 1 July and December 2017 and it is likely to continue growing without funding for the release of more packages;

2. recognises the Government's response in its budget of 14,000 home care packages is woefully inadequate;

3. condemns the Government for the aged care crisis it has made on its watch; and

4. calls on the Government to immediately invest in fixing the home care package waiting list and properly address this growing crisis.