THE Albanese Government is delivering more funding for residents in aged care, as part of the response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
The new Australian National Aged Care Classification funding model (AN-ACC model), which was legislated as part of the Aged Care and Other Legislation Bill 2022, came into effect on October 1.
This new AN-ACC model will replace the old Aged Care Funding Instrument as the new funding model for residential aged care.
This model has been developed in consultation with the aged-care sector, academics and consumer groups.
It will provide more funding for residents in residential care with an uplift of 13 percent more funding than the previous model.
The new AN-ACC model will provide more equitable care funding to providers that better matches the needs of residents, including:
- independent assessments to determine classification levels for care funding.
- a new assessment tool and method for classifying and funding permanent residents; and
- independent analysis each year to inform changes in funding.
As part of AN-ACC the government is also mandating 200 minutes of care on average by October 2023, and 215 minutes by October 2024.
This will ensure an average of 35 additional minutes per day compared to current levels.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the changes would benefit aged care residents and providers.
“The Albanese Labor Government is getting on with the job of delivering more funding for aged care and better support for older Australians after years of neglect under the former LNP government,” he said.
“The new funding model for aged care means more carers with more time to care for residents.
This is another measure from the Government that will help restore dignity and respect to aged care and implement the changes that the Royal Commission recommended.”
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