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:
The proposed Gateway would have two main functions:
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:
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