Public invited to speak up on federal aged care framework
THE Federal Government are seeking public comments on the draft Single Aged Cared Quality Framework which it intends implementing from July 2018.
Aged care minister Ken Wyatt AM, MP, is inviting comments from anyone interested in the sector including users and service providers.
Submissions are being invited for two parts of the draft framework: draft single set of quality standards for all aged care services and options for a streamlined approach for assessing provider performance against this single set of standards.
The closure date for submissions is Friday, April 21, 2017.
"The aged care reforms the government is putting in place have been designed in consultation with the sector and consumer representatives," Mr Wyatt said.
"We have an opportunity to shape the future of an affordable, sustainable and flexible aged care sector and the two consultation papers I have released today are a crucial part of this important process.
"The papers propose changes that will apply to Australian Government subsidised aged care services.
"This includes aged care services for residential care, home care, flexible care, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.
"What we are proposing will affect consumers, their families and carers, aged care organisations, staff of organisations, and other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors."
For more information on the framework and lodging a submission, go to https://consultations.health.gov.au.