The government will provide $2 billion in the next four years to further support older Australians accessing aged care.
$1.6 billion of the new funding will provide an additional 23,000 home care packages across all package levels, meaning that waiting time waiting times for older Australians seeking in-home support is set to reduce.
Additional budget measures will be taken in the following years to improve dementia services and training programs, further support aged care workforce and assist older Australians with disabilities, etc.
Another good news for the older Australians and their carers – pensioners and other welfare recipients will receive $500 cash payments.
To help stimulate a struggling economy and to ease some of the financial challenges posed by coronavirus, two $250 payments will start being paid out from November this year and early next year respectively.
If you receive any of the following payments or if you hold any of the following healthcare cards, then you’re eligible:
Disability Support Pension
Family Tax Benefit or Family Tax Benefit Lump Sum
Double Orphan Pension
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
Pensioner Concession Card
ACSA. (2020, Oct 6th). Federal Budget Summary. Retrieved from: https://www.acsa.asn.au/ACSA/media/General/ACSA-Federal-Budget-Summary_2020-21.pdf?utm_source=ACSA+Members+ONLY&utm_campaign=d6719