Published: 24 November, 2021
The latest federal budget delivers a record investment in aged care to help the 35,522 senior Australians living in Sturt.
This investment will deliver more home care places, more funding for residential aged care and increases the amount of time residents are cared for while strengthening regulators’ ability to monitor and enforce the standards of care.
Government investment in aged care has almost doubled - from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $26 billion in 2021-22. Investment will total $32.8 billion in 2024-25. The number of home care packages has also increased from 60,308 in 2011-12 to 195,000 current packages. 275,000 packages are forecast by June 2023.
Aged Care funding in Sturt has amounted to nearly $200 million in the 2019-20 financial year. Over $155 million of this has been in residential care, with over $35 million in home based care. This spending will continue to increase in the years to come. We have 32 aged care service providers in the Sturt electorate, with 2,539 residential care places funded.
As demand for aged care increases, I will ensure we keep investing in this critical sector and that we are in a position to provide aged care services for all who need them.