Federal government to boost aged care funding by $552.9 million as Treasurer confirms 2019 surplus.
Federal government to boost aged care funding by $552.9 million as Treasurer confirms 2019 surplus.

Government to announce massive boost to aged care

A MASSIVE boost to aged care will be part of the federal government's budget update as it confirms the smallest deficit since the Howard government era.

As the government prepares to use economic management as a key election battleground, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will confirm on Monday he is on track to deliver a surplus in 2019, and that the budget deficit is now at its lowest level since the Howard government - at close to $7 billion.

The government will promise to do more for older Australians with a $552.9 million increase to aged care funding, featuring another 10,000 high-level home care packages released within weeks.

There will be 3450 high-level home care packages for NSW alone, which will deliver nursing, mobility care, nutrition, meal preparation and transport support to help older Australians stay at home longer.

The plan will also reduce the maximum fees payable for packages by up to $400 a year for older Australians - 23,806 people in NSW will benefit from this.

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph


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