On 13 March 2013, the Australian Government introduced five bills into Federal Parliament to give effect to the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package. The package involves a comprehensive ten-year plan to reshape aged care. It will provide $3.7 billion over five years to build a better, fairer and more nationally consistent aged care system.
On 24 May 2013, the Department released drafts of the amending Principles for those reforms scheduled to commence on 1 July 2013, once the primary legislation has been passed.
The Department has now released the remaining four draft Determinations affected by the aged care reforms that are proposed to take effect from 1 July 2013. These draft Determinations are largely based on existing subsidy arrangements and also provide for the new Dementia, Workforce and Veterans’ supplements proposed under the Living Longer Living Better reform package.
The draft Principles and Determinations can be found at: http://www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au/internet/living/publishing.nsf/Content/Proposed-Legislative-Changes
The draft Principles and Determinations are in no way intended to pre-empt the outcome of the Parliamentary debate on the enabling primary legislation or the decisions of the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing in relation to the delegated legislation. It is important to note that the amending Principles and Determinations provided at http://www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au/ may be subject to change as the result of ongoing consultation and Parliamentary consideration of the Bills.
For more information, please email LLLBenquiries@health.gov.au.