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Labor lies as Coalition continues record aged care rollout

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The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP

Minister Senior Australians and Aged Care Minister for Indigenous Health Member for Hasluck

Keith Pitt MP

Member for Hinkler


30 October 2018


You can’t believe a word Labor says about aged care.

The Morrison Government’s unprecedented aged care reform program and record $5 billion aged care funding boost announced in the recent Federal Budget show up Labor’s aged care claims in Hinkler and the Wide Bay area.

The $1.6 billion rollout of 14,000 additional high-level home aged care packages began on 1 July, part of the Government’s plan to grow overall home care packages from 87,000 to 151,000 over the next four years. This includes 74,000 high-level packages.

Importantly, while people are waiting for their approved home care package, the majority are still accessing Commonwealth support - most are receiving significant assistance.

Health Department estimates show that many of the senior Australians - including the 471 noted in the Wide Bay region - are receiving aged care assistance through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

CHSP services include transport, domestic duties such as house cleaning, personal care, home maintenance and modifications, food preparation and meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care.

It’s a sad joke to hear Labor talk about aged care transparency. Under Labor, there was no home care approval list.

Instead, senior Australians were left in the dark and subjected to unbearable delays in assessment and home care support.

As a result of these failed policies, many thousands of deserving people were left in limbo and denied the essential care they so desperately needed.

It was the Coalition who introduced the home care approval list in February last year, so senior Australians know where they stand and the Government knows the true extent of demand.

This is why the Morrison Government committed $1.6 billion for extra home care packages.

While the Royal Commission into the aged care sector goes about it important work, the Government is continuing with its reform program a full pace.

Labor is lying about aged care funding.

They have already been caught out twice, with independent experts confirming the Coalition’s continual, $1 billion a year rises in Aged Care spending. RMIT/ABC’s Fact Check called Labor “misleading”.

The simple fact is - you can’t believe a word Labor says about aged care.

NB: Fact check details on Labor’s aged care funding lies are available at:

Media contacts: Minister Wyatt - Nick Way 0419 835 449 Keith Pitt - Liz Carson 0427 653 814

Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.