Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today that productive Senate Committee hearings into the aged care reform package had highlighted key areas which may need amending.
“I’ve had the opportunity to speak to people from around the country about these reforms, including people who work across the aged care sector,” Senator Siewert said today.
“These consultations, along with the submissions the Inquiry has received, have been very constructive and I will certainly be taking them into account when working on this legislation in Parliament.
“The Greens believe there will need to be some amendments made to the current suite of Bills in order to ensure they provide the architecture to deliver the substantive, effective reform that is being so widely called for.
“In particular, the impact of the legislation on part pensioners needs to be resolved, making sure that no one is left behind.
“I am also looking closely at the viability of the sector, including changes to accommodation payments such as bonds and daily payments, income and means testing and introducing new ways of seeking contributions from consumers to pay for care.
“Special needs, including dementia and homelessness, must be tackled in a way that ensures that earlier gains made in these areas are not lost.
“Reforms need to be done correctly and effectively and the Greens will continue to work closely with the sector and the community in the coming weeks and months,” Senator Siewert concluded.