Home care packages as waiting list decreases

The Home Care Packages Program Data Report (1st Quarter 2021-22) shows the number of people accessing a home care package grew to 204,146 at 30 September 2021 - an increase of over 41,000 in 12 months.


The number of people waiting for their approved home care package also dropped by 25 per cent from 30 September 2020 to 30 September 2021.


The Government is allocating $6.5 billion for an additional 80,000 home care packages to support senior Australians who choose to remain in their own home.


Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said the packages, which commenced roll out from 1 July 2021, are expected to further reduce waitlist and wait times.


Ninety-nine per cent of senior Australians waiting for a package at their assessed level have also been offered support from the Government, including an interim package or Commonwealth Home Support Programme and continue to have access to Australia's world-class health care system.


“We’re rolling out the packages quickly” Mr Colbeck said.


“In addition to the 40,000 packages released in 2021-22, another 40,000 packages will become available in 2022-23.


“This means that by 30 June 2023 there will be around 275,600 packages available.


“This allocation continues to significantly reduce the wait list while we work through the design phase of the new home care system which we aim to implement by July 2023."


The Home Care Packages Program Data Report (1st Quarter 2021-22) can be viewed here.


2 December 2021.