Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Joint media release - $35.6m to help NSW seniors stay independent, active and healthy

1 June 2012

Joint media release from

  • The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform, and
  • The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services

Seniors in NSW will receive more support to stay in their homes thanks to a $35.6 million boost to the Home and Community Care Program. 

The funding boost brings the total funding provided by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to nearly $672 million annually. 

The Australian Government is providing more funding, for more services, to more older Australians than ever before. 

Mr Butler said the funding would provide services such as domestic assistance, personal care, social support, respite, and support for volunteers and carers to the 260,000 people in NSW receiving Home and Community Care.

“These are the services that older Australians tell me they need to remain independent in their own homes and communities and close to family and friends,” Mr Butler said.

Mr Constance said with the support of the NSW Government, the funding boost for Home and Community Care will deliver an additional 486,263 hours of support, 42,900 meals and 518,145 community transport trips.

“This funding will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the HACC service system, providing the much needed care and support for people to remain in their own homes and prevent their inappropriate or premature admission into residential aged care,” Mr Constance said.

Funding is being provided to over 290 organisations including:

  • $62,500 to Kincare Community Services for enhanced respite care services in South East Sydney 
  • $160,000 to Tweed Byron & Ballina Community Transport for enhanced Community Transport services in the Tweed and Ballina areas 
  • $50,000 to Warrigal Care for enhanced Personal Care services in Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, and Wollongong 
  • $10,000 to the Multi-purpose Allira Gathering Association Inc for enhanced Centre-Based Day Care services in Dubbo. 
  • $1.98 million for Alzheimers Australia NSW to implement projects aimed at improving care for people with dementia.

The Australian Government is continuing to make significant investments in the Home and Community Care Program. 

As part of the Living Longer Living Better Aged Care reforms, $75.3 million is being invested to establish a new national Commonwealth Home Support Program which will bring together existing basic home support services. A further $880.1 million is being provided to increase the number of Home Care packages by nearly 40,000 to 100,000. 

“By 2050, over 3.5 million Australians will access aged care each year with around 80 per cent of the services delivered in the community. Our aged care reforms and the significant investment we’re making will ensure the system keeps up with the needs and preferences of older people living in NSW,” Mr Butler said.   

For more information about Home and Community Care in your area, see or phone 1800 200 422.

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