Fix Community Care
Australia has an ageing population. Keeping people out of expensive residential care and more connected to their community as they age remains the most sought after, sensible and cost effective option.
However, our national community care system is at risk of failing frail older Australians who require support to age within their home. Urgent action is needed to improve service access and stability.
To provide funding certainty and service coverage for community-based aged care programs by securing agreement in 2019 from the Commonwealth Government to:
- Continue the bilateral agreement with Victoria that quarantines the strengths of the Victorian community care system to achieve continuity of care, and access and equity for older people
- Ensure public sector stewardship is continued for community care
- Retain ongoing block funding for the Community Home Support Program beyond June 2020 and reinstate annual growth funding. Discontinue Level 1 Home Care Packages and roll the funding allocation into CHSP.
- Continue to fund the Victorian Government to deliver the Regional Assessment Service
- Establish a new funding stream for planning and service coordination to ensure appropriate services are available for diverse community needs.
Join the campaign
The current focus of our advocacy efforts is to secure funding and partnership commitments from political parties ahead of the federal election.
Councils are encouraged to:
- Write to or meet with local Federal MPs to brief them on the current issues and solution sought by local government to stabilise our community care system
- Write to local Federal election candidates seeking their commitment to our five critical actions: Download the one page advocacy handout (PDF - 145KB)
- Share local community care service statistics and stories on social media using #fixcommunitycare and #auspol
- Use the campaign logo on your advocacy documents and social media posts: Download logo package (Zip file - 645KB)
In 2018, the MAV made representations to the Prime Minister, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Opposition Leader and the Australian Greens.
We worked with the Australian Local Government Association to ensure community aged care was one of the priority issues included in their federal election advocacy campaign, and their 2019 federal budget submission.
We have briefed the Victorian Government and sought their support for our federal advocacy position, and we are working with Victorian councils on coordinated advocacy activities.
The MAV has provided testimony before the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Quality in March 2019.
About the campaign
The MAV and Victorian councils are concerned about the long-term funding and potential service system failures in community aged care due to Commonwealth Government reforms. Commonwealth funding is currently only committed until 30 June 2020.
The Commonwealth government funds aged care services, including delivery of Home Care Packages (approximately 24,000 in Victoria) and residential care (approximately 63,000 in Victoria). However, the vast majority of people needing assistance require community care services and support in their home.
Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services are being delivered by 72 Victorian councils to approximately 200,000 people. Demand for this service is growing as our population ages.
Public providers - such as councils - remain an important part of the home care service mix and will continue to care for our ageing community members for many years to come.
Aged and community care in Victoria
For more than 70 years, Victorian local government has been involved in the planning and delivery of community care services and programs.
Councils have worked collaboratively with State and Commonwealth governments over many decades to deliver key community care services that help people to age within their home, including:
- domestic assistance
- personal care
- respite care
- delivered meals
- community transport
- home maintenance
- planned activity groups, and
- social support programs.
These services are co-funded by councils, with Victorian local government voluntarily contributing between $150 million and $200 million annually.
- Members Brief - March 2019 (Word - 912KB)
- One page advocacy handout (Word - 428KB)
- One page advocacy handout (PDF - 145KB)
- Community Care Matters discussion paper - July 2018 (PDF - 912KB)
- MAV Submission to Royal Commission into Aged Care and Quality (Mar 2019)
- MAV to present to Royal Commission into Aged Care and Quality (15 Mar 2019)
- Submission to Joint Standing Committee on NDIS re market readiness (Feb 2018)
- Submission to Integrated Care at Home Program Discussion Paper (Aug 2017)
- Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry on NDIS costs (Mar 2017)
- Tripartite Statement of Intent on Aged Care and Disability Services - signed by Federal and State Ministers and MAV President, March 2017 (PDF - 530KB)
- Submission to PC Inquiry on Competition and Informed User Choice in Human Services (Feb 2017)
- Submission to PC Inquiry on Competition and Informed User Choice in Human Services (Jul 2016)