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Living Longer Living Better Plan

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In January 2011, the Productivity Commission released a draft inquiry report, Caring for Older Australians, proposing a wide-ranging package of reforms for the aged care system to address inconsistent and inequitable user charges and gaps in service coverage. The Commission's final report was released on 8 August 2011. The report is on the Commission's website at on 13 August 2012).


The challenges facing aged care in the future include that the number of Australians aged 85 and over is projected to increase from 400,000 in 2010 to 1.8m (5.1% of the population) by 2050. Also by 2050, it is expected that over 3.5m older Australians will access aged care services each year, with around 80% of services delivered in the community.


In conducting its inquiry into caring for older Australians, the Commission (among other things) developed regulatory and funding options for residential and community aged care (including the Home and Community Care program). It also recommended a path for transitioning from the current regulatory arrangements to a new system that ensures continuity of care and allows the sector time to adjust, and assessed the fiscal implications of any change in aged care roles and responsibilities.



On 20 April 2012, after taking account of the Productivity Commission report and feedback from stakeholders, the Government announced its $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Betterplan designed to "deliver more choice, easier access and better care for older Australians and their families".


Last updated March 30, 2013




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