As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

UnitingCare Australia thanks the Department of Social Services (the Department) for the opportunity to comment on the second tranche of Exposure Drafts of the Principles necessary to implement the reformed aged care legislation. These comments, in the same manner as those we made regarding the first tranche of the Draft Principles released, reflect UnitingCare’s expertise as a service provider rather than commenting on any legal or technical aspect of the drafts.

Published in Submissions

As you are aware, UnitingCare agencies provide a significant proportion of community- based services accessed by older people and welcome the ongoing aged care reform process and related consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.

Published in Submissions

Feedback to the Commonwealth Department of Social Services on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme documents

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Social Services (the Department) on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) National Fees Policy Consultation Paper and the CHSP Programme Manual 2015.

Published in Submissions

This letter briefly follows up on an issue identified during the consultations by the Department of Social Services on the draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme documents. UnitingCare Australia made a submission to the Department during those consultations (submitted to the Department on 15 April 2015), and contributed to the National Aged Care Alliance submission to the same process. We thank the Department for the opportunity to provide that input.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) on issues regarding access to care for supported residents. We note that one thing that is not clear in the discussion paper is a description of what the policy problem is that the review is designed to address. As we note below, the absence of an objective, and the lack of data about demand in the sector, together have made it difficult in places to comment in any detail.

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This year's Budget seeks to repair some of the political damage from last year.

"Worthwhile measures include investing in vulnerable children, continued commitment to the NDIS, tightening means testing for the age pension, and the groundwork for further aged care reform," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

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UnitingCare Australia’s National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement to provide the aged care portfolio with a dedicated Minister.

“Aged care is an important area of policy and practice. Australia has a structurally ageing population, which has driven the development of a game changing aged care reform process that will put people at the centre of the aged care system, giving them the power to make choice about their care and supports.

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Federal Government's response to Professor Ian Harper's Competition Policy Review which aims to provide Australians with the means to adjust to the coming transformation of our economy.

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The 2016 Budget paints a selective picture of living within our means, with cuts to health, aged care and disability payments outweighing new spending in these areas by at least $1 billion over four years, UnitingCare Australia Associate National Director Martin J Cowling said.

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