Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia

Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia

29 April 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-081-2

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 6KB)
Recommendations (PDF 30KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 5KB)
Chapter 1 - The terms of the inquiry (PDF 21KB)

Background to the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Overview of residential and community care in Australia (PDF 54KB)

Ageing population
Residential and community aged care services
Expected quality service provision outcomes

Chapter 3 - The need for reform of the aged care sector (PDF 58KB)

Benchmark of care costs for the provision of quality aged care services
Nationally consistent aged care data

Chapter 4 - Current funding levels and expected quality service provision outcomes (PDF 152KB)

Common concerns of residential and community aged care providers
Financial performance of aged care providers
Costs associated with accreditation, regulation and compliance measures
Reduction in the provision and quality of services
Workforce issues
Capital funding of residential aged care facilities

Chapter 5 - The current indexation formula (PDF 135KB)

Indexation formula
Adequacy of the current indexation formula
Use of COPO and CAP

Chapter 6 - Addressing special social and demographic needs (PDF 73KB)

Residential and community aged care in rural and remote areas
Norfolk Island
Persons of non-English speaking and culturally diverse backgrounds
Socially and financially disadvantaged persons
Indigenous Australians

Chapter 7 - The question of inequity in user payments (PDF 136KB)

Concerns of residential and community aged care providers  
Aged Care Funding Instrument
Aged Care Assessment Teams
Accommodation bonds for high residential aged care
Decoupling of residential aged care and accommodation costs
Community aged care
Client-based aged care system

Chapter 8 - Planning ratio, allocations and funding of community care and high- and low-care (PDF 72KB)

Current planning ratio
Issues with the current planning system
Impact of current and future residential place allocations and funding on community care places

Appendix 1 - List of submissions, tabled documents and other additional information authorised for publication by the Committee (PDF 24KB)
Additional Information
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings (PDF 13KB)

Perth, Friday 30 January 2009
Melbourne, Friday 20 March 2009
Canberra, Friday 13 March 2009
Launceston, Friday 27 March 2009
Brisbane, Tuesday 7 April 2009
Canberra, Tuesday 21 April 2009

Appendix 3 - Summary of finding of the three surveys of residential aged care (PDF 29KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Finance and Public Administration
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3439
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809