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New Aged Care Act and Support at Home Program Update

When: 14 December 2023, 2.00pm-3.30pm 

Where: Online 

How much: Free 

This webinar will discuss updates on the new Aged Care Act, the new aged care regulatory model, the new Support at Home Program, and more. The information is aimed at older people and their loved ones, aged care workers, and peak bodies in the sector. 

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Support at Home Announcement of Transition Dates
The Department of Health and Aged Care have announced the dates of the transition to the new Support at Home (SaH) Program. The Home Care Packages (HCP) Program and Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) Programme will be replaced by the SaH Program from 1 July 2025, and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will transition to the SaH Program no earlier than 1 July 2027. From 1 July 2024, there will also be a single assessment system which will enable older people to access services and adjust their support as their needs change.

Have Your Say: Aged Care Worker Pay Rise Survey

This survey is still open for aged care workers to comment on how the 15% pay rise has affected the sector. The Government will be gathering feedback through this survey regarding what the pay rise has meant in terms of helping to attract, retain and reward staff. The deadline for this survey is 8 December 2023.

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LAST CHANCE – Grant Opportunity GO6537: Fair Work Commission (FWC) Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Base Funding

This grant opportunity is to support eligible service providers to meet the actual costs and associated on-costs of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) 15% wage increase decision. The awards covered by the FWC’s decision are the Aged Care Award 2010, the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award 2010 (Schedule E), and the Nurses Award 2020. This grant opportunity will provide one-off funding for the 2023-2024 financial year; funding for the new minimum award wage will be included in base funding in future years. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2023 at 2.00pm (ACT Local Time). 

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Key Themes from the Consultation on the Draft Aged Care Funding Principles

The Aged Care Taskforce has released key points extracted from the 180 submissions they received on their Draft Aged Care Funding Principles. These key themes included an overall support for the principles, am call for more sustainable and modernised system, challenges faced due to the complexity and difficulty of funding arrangements, and more. The Taskforce will incorporate the feedback into a package of recommendations for government in December 2023. 

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Governing for Reform in Aged Care: Podcast Season 3 Now Available

The third season of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s Governing for Reform in Aged Care podcast series is now available. The Conversations to Transform Aged Care Podcast Season 3 series will talk about leadership and governance, strategies for delivering home care services through change, and centering the voice of the consumer. 

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Have Your Say: Older People – Share your Thoughts on Aged Care

The results from this survey will drive the Department of Health and Aged Care’s understanding of how much older people and their loved ones know about the aged care reforms, what they can do to support, and the preferred method for people to stay informed about changes and updates. This survey is suitable for all older people in Australia, as well as family members and carers.  

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Aged Care Taskforce Shares Report’s Insights and the Future of Reforms

During the Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) National Conference, the Aged Care Taskforce shared insights prior to the release of their interim report in December. The report discusses the future of funding arrangements, system sustainability, innovation, and more. No explicit recommendations have been made due to the “significant gap” between where the sector is currently and where it needs to be, and a range of possible solutions will be considered in due time before specific recommendations are made. 

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