Now that the dust has settled on the Victorian and Federal budgets, we’re pleased to see that the results look to be generally positive for the aged care and disability support sectors.
While both levels of government anticipate rapid reform and growth in the industry, funding has been allocated to training, NDIS delivery and for aged care packages – all of which will support and stimulate development of the workforce.
Key results include:
* In Victoria, 30 free TAFE and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be offered from January 1 next year in areas such as Ageing Support, Disability and Nursing. This means more people will be able to study for work in these high priority areas.
* The State Government is investing in aged care, including $57.6 million for the construction of a new 90 bed public aged care facility at St George’s Hospital in Kew, and $39 million for the Home and Community Care program.
* The State Government announced funding of $60.9 million for the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout and $3.3 million to support the work of the 2017-2020 State Disability Plan.
* The Federal Budget announced a proposed increase of 0.5 per cent to the Medicare Levy for the sole purpose of funding the NDIS.
* The Federal Government is investing $33 million over three years to help deliver jobs for people in the disability and aged care sectors, targeting rural, regional and suburban areas that require strong workforce growth as a result of the NDIS roll out.
Newly’s CEO, is pleased to see attention paid by governments to supporting the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, but says she is most keen to see how industry can work with governments to implement reform and progress.
“Public institutions and governments have a clear mandate to help the aged and people with disability,” she said.
“As a commercial entity that shares this objective, Newly is working hard with governments and other industry partners to achieve the standards of care our community needs.
It’s a very interesting time to be working in the aged care and disability services sector, and terrific to see this level of government support for the very important work we do.”