Caring for Older Australians - Productivity Commission draft report
On 21 January 2011 the Productivity Commission (PC) issued its draft report into ‘Caring for Older Australians’.
Key recommendations in the report include:
- A framework for assessing aged care
- Paying for aged care
- Options for broadening the funding base
- Care and support
- Catering for diversity – caring for special needs groups
- Age friendly housing and retirement villages
- Delivering care to the aged – workforce issues
- Regulation – the future direction
- Aged care policy research and evaluation.
Deloitte contributed to this process by preparing a submission in conjunction with the Aged Care Association of Australia. Upon review of the draft report, Deloitte hosted a roundtable at which a core group of providers, the Aged Care Association Australia and the PC to discuss a number of core issues.
This discussion was facilitated through the analysis of three questions Deloitte felt deserved further consideration by the PC.
- The PC has recommended substantial changes are made to the current aged care system. What are the transitional issues arising from their recommendations?
- One of the PC’s key recommendations is to unbundle the costs of aged care into Personal Care, Accommodation, Health Services and Everyday Living Expenses. How will this impact returns in the industry?
- How will the PC’s proposed removal of restrictions on the number of community care packages and residential care beds impact the industry?
The collective response is outlined in the following brief and these views were formally lodged to the PC for consideration in its final report to the federal government.
Click below to download Deloitte’s consolidated response to the PC’s draft report.