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The 2001 aged care approvals round announced for ACT.



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Media Release Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing

KA 3f/2002 30 January 2002

THE 2001 AGED CARE APPROVALS ROUND ANNOUNCED FOR ACT A total of 5 providers in the ACT have been granted 76 places worth $2.2 million a year as part of the Federal Government's 2001 Aged Care Approvals Round, Federal Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews announced today.

A further $200,000 has been provided in capital grants to residential aged care providers in the ACT.

And, for the first time, veterans and war widows have been officially recognised in a new category as a special needs group.

Mr Andrews said the ACT's non-English speaking community had also benefited from an increased allocation of aged care places.

"Almost 400 providers around the country have been granted a total of 8000 places worth more than $150 million a year as part of the Federal Government's 2001 Aged Care Approvals Round," Mr Andrews said.

"The Federal Government has allocated a further $23.3 million for capital grants, which shows our commitment to improving industry standards.

"A total of 820 places were also made available to aged care homes being upgraded.

"As Australia's population ages, the Federal Government aims to ensure that all older Australians feel increasingly confident of the quality of our residential aged care services and can stay in their homes and receive the care they need."

Mr Andrews said a record number of more than 14,000 aged care places were allocated nationally in the 2000 Aged Care Approvals Round.

"When we came into government in 1996, there were 142,101 aged care places,'' Mr Andrews said.

"Since then, the Federal Government has released 41,172 new places.

"Last election, we committed an additional $511 million to aged care as part of a longer-term strategy to increase the number of aged care places and improve the quality of care."

"I will be writing to each of the successful applicants in this Approvals Round stressing the need to bring new places into operation in a timely and responsible manner."

It is anticipated that applications for the 2002 Approvals Round will be called for no later than June 2002.

The Federal Government now provides $4.2 billion in funding to aged care in Australia, which is up from $2.5 billion in 1995-1996.

Capital Grants for Residential Care $200,000 ATTENTION RADIO JOURNALISTS: Minister Andrews has prerecorded a series of grabs about the Approvals Round for use in radio reports. They are available today by telephoning (02) 6289 3010 or (02) 6289 3011.

Aged Care Approvals Round - The ACT

New Places Number of Places

High Care (Nursing Home) 50 Low Care (Hostel) 20

Community Aged Care Packages 6 Total 76

Grants Funding

Capital Grants for Residential Care $200,000

Media Contact: Media Inquiries: Felicity Dargan (Minister's Office) 0409 550 446 Other Inquiries: Marcus James (Department of Health and Ageing) (02) 6289 5500

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