Productivity Commission releases final report into aged care

Productivity Commission releases final report into aged care

Productivity Commission releases final report into aged care

The Productivity Commission has released its final report Caring for Older Australians.

Overall the report is not significantly different from the draft report released in January but there are some new recommendations as well as adjustments to some of the prior recommendations.

A five year timeline is still planned for transition to the new system. As part of the transition arrangements the report recommends:

  • creation of an Australian Seniors Gateway Agency (ASGA)
  • establishment of a new regulatory body – the Australian Aged Care Commission
  • new co-contribution funding arrangements for the costs of accommodation and care across community and residential care
  • removing the distinction between high/low residential care
  • creation of an interim community care package between CACPs and EACH

The proposed Gateway would have two main functions:

  • community information and education on healthy ageing and services
  • specific information and assessment of individuals and families for services

The Gateway would also assess the capacity of family carers to provide ongoing support when assessing an older person’s needs, but carers could also separately approach Carer Support Centres for a range of assistance including:

  • carer education and training
  • emergency respite
  • carer counselling and peer group support
  • carer advocacy

Both the Gateway services and the Carer Support Centres would be developed from the existing carer support programs but will replace the current Respite and Carelink Centres.

Carers Australia’s President Tim Moore said that if the recommendations in the report were adopted by government, the lives of older Australians and their carers should be substantially improved.

Read Carers Australia's media release

Read the Productivity Commission's report