Huge demand for aged care places

Labor has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), but warns the huge demand highlights further challenges for the Abbott Government.


The increased demand for aged care places has seen far more applications than allocated places.


There were nearly two new residential aged care places sought for every one available, with 19,169 applications for just 11,196 new places on offer. 

In home care the ratio was 17 to one, with 6,653 new home care places allocated for 108,281 applications received.


The Abbott Government faces a massive challenge in delivering the correct number of places to meet the growing demand as the nation ages.


The Abbott Government needs to focus on providing greater certainty for aged care following a year of Budget and post-Budget funding cuts.


The huge demand for aged care places shows that now is not the time to cut any more funding from aged care.


Labor urges all those unsuccessful applicants to seek feedback from the Department of Social Services.