The Government's Intergenerational Report in 2015 projected that by 2055, the number of Australians over 65 will more than double to 8.9 million people. There will be 1.9 million people over the age of 85. Over the same time period, there will be fewer working-age people – a decline from 66% to 60% of the population. Most nations in the developed world are facing the same demographic challenge.
Australia has a high level of government subsidy for older people through universal health care, age pension income support, and aged care services. At the same time, we all want our family and friends to enjoy a good quality of life as they age. We want them to be cared for well and have their choices and preferences respected.
An ongoing agenda of policy reform has been underway since the 'Living Longer, Living Better' reforms set out by the federal government in 2012. Baptist Care Australia is actively involved in the development of these new policy reform areas. We are a member of the National Aged Care Alliance.
Baptist Care Australia is the fourth-largest not-for-profit aged care provider group in the country. Members serve 18,500 home care customers nationwide. They provide more than 1600 homes to residential aged care customers and 3700 independent living units in communities for older people.
Baptist Care Australia takes a proactive approach to aged care policy reform so that members can continue to provide high-quality care to consumers and grow to help meet increased needs in the future. Members have a particular focus on ensuring older people with limited resources are able to access the care they need.
Principles for aged care services funding
A joint position with Aged and Community Services Australia, Anglicare Australia, UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Lutheran Church of Australia, and Presbyterian National Aged Care Network
- Proposal for a new residential aged care funding model - June 2019
- Aged Care Quality Agency - Consultation on the draft guidance material for the new Aged Care Quality Standards
- Federal Government 2018-19 Pre-budget submission December 2017
- Department of Health - Discussion paper on future reform to care at home for older Australians August 2017
- Productivity Commission - Draft report: reforms to human services July 2017
- Department of Health - Draft aged care quality standards April 2017
- Department of Health - Draft aged care quality standards assessing performance April 2017
- Australian Law Reform Commission - Discussion paper on elder abuse February 2017
- Legislation changes Submission - Increasing Choice in Home Care - Delegated legislation consultation June 2016
- Home Care Packages Programme – user rights principles May 2016
- Senate Inquiry on the Future of Australia's Aged Care Sector Workforce March 2016
- Federal Government Pre-Budget Submission February 2016