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Funds for Home and Community Care.



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Press Release Ref: 1507 Published: 20/5/2005

Title: Funds for Home and Community Care

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today welcomed the announcement of $132,000 for specific funding within the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program in Eden-Monaro.

This funding facilitates the meeting of priority needs at the local level, such as upgrades of service facilities and activities to improve service co-ordination, to provide better services to HACC clients.

“HACC services allow frail aged people and young people with disabilities to remain in their own homes with the support of their family,” Mr Nairn said.

“We know the majority of people prefer to continue living in their own homes, and HACC services can provide them with that option as well as a higher level of independence.”

Approval of the HACC Annual Plan for 2003-04 with the NSW Government provided for the allocation of $382.165 million for HACC services in the state. This is made up of an Australian Government contribution of $228.726 million and a NSW Government allocation of $153.439.

“HACC is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government Program with the Australian Government contribution 60 per cent of the funding across Australia,” Mr Nairn said.

In 2004-2005 the Australian Government’s national allocation for the HACC Program is $791.9 million, an increase of 8.12 per cent over the Australian Government’s funding in 2003-04.

The HACC Program is a central element of the Federal Government’s aged care policy.

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