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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8412


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South Wales) (20:31): Thank you. With respect to aged care, operators have had concerns in relation to residents. In your figures on residential aged care in Australia there are two different figures in relation to operational residential places, one of $182,850 and another of $179,749. For the purposes of, say, about 180,000 in residential aged-care facilities, can you explain to me if increasing the pensioner contribution to providers from 84 per cent to 85 per cent will cover the increased cost for providers? Could you tell me what modelling was used? When will it be reviewed and will aged-care homes be counted as a single residence? There are, on your figures, 2,772 aged-care facilities. Will they each be counted as a single resi­dence? How has the calculation been done?