Nationals Candidate for Cowper Pat Conaghan will make sure older Australians receive the aged care they expect and deserve, and remain connected to – and valued by – their communities.

“Our strong economy means we can provide greater support for older Australians,” Mr Conaghan said. “Our investments have increased aged care access and further strengthened safety, quality and transparency and allowed older Australians to live in their home longer and stay independent.”

Mr Conaghan said the Government would:

  • Invest $10 million to develop a Seniors Community Program that will provide grassroots funding to local seniors’ groups for projects that deliver social benefits and encourage seniors to remain active in their communities.
  • Invest $34 million in a new aged care Centre for Aged Care Workforce Growth and Translational Research that will focus on developing and sustaining the workforce that provides aged care services and support for older people, and developing and implementing innovative models of care.

The plan builds upon:

  • The Royal Commission into Quality and Safety in aged care announced in September 2018. The Royal Commission’s inquiry is in addition to, not instead of, action already undertaken by the Government to improve the quality of aged care
  • Our record funding for aged care. Under the Coalition funding of aged care has increased by more than 50 per cent from $14.2 billion in 2013-14 to $21.7 billion in 2019-20 and will reach over $25.4 billion by 2022-23.
  • Our commitment to supporting seniors to receive care at home. Since December 2017 we have released an additional 40,000 Home Care Packages at a total cost of $2.2 billion.
  • Our work to improve the quality of aged care which includes the creation of Australia’s first independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, from 1 January 2019, with a new Chief Clinical Advisor to focus on quality clinical care delivered in services across the nation.

“Our strong economic plan is in stark contrast to Bill Shorten and Labor, who will slug Australians with billions in new and higher taxes on retirees, housing, income, investments, family businesses, and electricity,” Mr Conaghan said. “The choice is clear: We want to take care of our older Australians, while a Labor government will tax them mercilessly. Our seniors cannot afford to risk a Labor government.”