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Budget 1998—99 Media Release


The Hon Warwick Smith MP

Minister for Family Services

Federal Member for Bass



12 May 1998




The Federal Government will provide a 5 per cent increase in funding for the Home and Co mmunity Care (HACC) Program from the 1998 Budget to support older Australians and people with disabilities in their homes.


“We understand the desire of our older citizens and people with disabilities to remain in familiar surroundings and we will provide support for them to do just that, where possible,” Federal Family Services Minister Warwick Smith said following the Budget.


“This increase takes Commonwealth spending on the program to more than $500 million, representing an increase of 10.9 per cent in funding for HACC over the last two years.


“If the State and Territory governments fully match the amount made available for 1998-99, a total of around $824 million will be available to provide the services that allow frail, older Australians and those with disabilities to stay in their own homes with appropriate support services.”


The HACC Program funds community organisations to provide services, which include:


* home help

* personal care

* delivered meals

* community nursing

* transport

* day care

* home maintenance and modification

* respite care

* carer support.


“The HACC Program is an integral component of the Federal Government’s commitment to helping older Australians and those with disabilities to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.


“These services are crucial in preventing premature admissions to nursing homes, hostels or other forms of institutional care, and providing people with a genuine choice about where and how they live,” Mr Smith said.


Media contact: John Wilson, 02 6277 7240, 0412 437 317