Proposed Transition of some Aged & Disability Services

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Council will consider a proposal to transition some of its aged and disability services to external local providers at its upcoming Council Meeting on Tuesday 8 December.

The proposal is in response to Federal Government reforms for the aged and disability sector, which have had a major impact on many services that Council delivers or organises for its residents.

The Federal Government currently provides funding for Council to deliver a number of services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Reforms are currently underway to create a simplified, national and integrated aged care system, in an effort to provide older Australians with quality, choice and control over the way services are delivered for them.

They are also being designed to better support older people, who prefer to live at home, with a fuller range of services.

Further reform is expected to significantly affect Council’s ability to provide some of these services in the future.

Council is also funded by the Victorian Government to provide similar services for younger residents.

Council is also likely to also cease to be a provider of many of these services and will work with the Victorian Government to ensure a new provider is in place.

The proposal being considered by Council on 8 December includes the following recommendations:

Transferring delivery of the following services to an alternative sustainable provider at a future point in time:

  • Domestic assistance
  • Personal care
  • Respite care
  • Social support individual
  • Property maintenance and home modifications

Under the proposal, Council would continue to deliver of the following services:

  • Food services
  • Transport services
  • Social support group
  • Healthy Active Ageing Program

The Council Meeting will be streamed live from 7pm and can be viewed through this link: https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Council/Council-meetings/Council-meeting-online-stream

Click here to read the full report within the agenda item.

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