UnitingCare Australia has called on the Federal Government to reconsider limiting tax concessions for superannuation contributions for the richest Australians in order to fund other public policy priorities.
UnitingCare Australia believes that every older Australian should be able to live well, as part of their community, with dignity and independence, and in a place of their choosing.
In the new environment of consumer-led and demand-driven aged care, older Australians should have access to the appropriate and affordable support and care services that they need, when they need them.
Australia’s Aged Care sector is in the national spotlight. The Aged Care Royal Commission is examining the sector, scrutinising its failings in order to create a sustainable model offering high quality alternatives for all.
Yes, there will be uncomfortable moments ahead for providers, but we do not shy away from this high-level examination.
Most importantly, the next 20 years provide an opportunity to embrace a system that better meets community expectations.
Real change takes time, vision and courage combined with resources and tangible, realistic actions. Currently Australia has no cohesive policy to deal with an ageing population. This needs to change.
As one of the most prosperous nations in the world, we can afford an increased investment in Aged Care.
Doing nothing is not an option.
The principal purpose of the proposed legislative process is to provide a measure against which to assess policy and legislative settings that impact on an individuals’ superannuation investments, either during the accumulation or retirement phase.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds has called for tomorrow's Federal Budget to begin a national discussion about ageing in Australia.
“Australia has an ageing population. Treasury projects that over the next 40 years, the proportion of the population over 65 years of age will almost double to around 25 per cent,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
As you are likely aware, UnitingCare agencies manage 12 per cent of all residential aged care places in Australia and are a major provider of community-based services used by older people.
As a major service provider, UnitingCare Australia advocated for and welcomes the ongoing aged care reform process, and actively participates in the consultation opportunities offered by the Australian Government.
We take this opportunity to provide feedback to the Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Bill 2015.
This bill contains several measures that UnitingCare Australia supports, consistent with our position that budget expenditure should be targeted to those most vulnerable.
As one of the largest networks of community services providers in Australia, the UnitingCare workforce is experiencing first-hand the challenge presented by Australia’s ageing population, with more older individuals requiring increasingly complex support, rehabilitation and care in their own home or a residential setting, in particular with the increasing demand of dementia.