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2016-05: Increasing Choice in Home Care

The Government announced significant reforms to home care as part of the Increasing Choice for Older Australians 2015-16 Budget Measure.

In the first stage of the reforms, from 27 February 2017, funding for home care packages will follow the consumer. This will allow the consumer to choose a provider that is suited to them and to direct the funding to that provider. There will be a consistent national approach to prioritising access to home care packages through My Aged Care.

AAG made a submission to the Department of Health consultation on proposed amendments to the delegated legislation that supports the first stage of the reforms. You can read the submission here.

The second stage of reforms will integrate the Home Care Package Programme and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme in to a single care at home program. The Government intends to introduce this from 27 July 2018.

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