Federal Election 2019

by | Mar 15, 2019

National Day of Action – Tuesday 14 May

Making aged care better should be a priority for all parties and candidates in this federal election.

Show you care for aged care by joining our National Day of Action on Tuesday 14 May and let your local candidates know that aged care is an issue of national importance. Read more about the National Day of Action here.

Under the slogan ‘I Care For Aged Care’ LASA’s election campaign says politicians must address:

  • the funding emergency in residential aged care, which sees an estimated 43 per cent of facilities currently operating at a loss, with even greater pressure being experienced by facilities operating in rural and remote locations
  • the unacceptable impact on older Australians that sees more than 120,000 older Australians waiting, sometimes for more than year, to receive essential care and services in their own homes

The campaign calls for funding relief for residential care providers, as well as legislating maximum waiting times for home care packages.  Furthermore, the campaign calls for investment in workforce growth and development, and elevation of the responsible minister to the Cabinet alongside the creation of a comprehensive national ageing well strategy.

Around 1.3 million older Australians receive some form of aged care or support, and the industry employs 366,000 people nationally. LASA has provided election campaign resources for download below, and encourages all Australians to tell candidates at this election, ‘I Care For Aged Care’.

Federal Election 2019 – LASA Campaign Booklet

Federal Election 2019 – LASA Campaign Handout

Federal Election 2019 – LASA Media Release

For more information please contact:

Campaign Advisor – Peter Thomson on petert@lasa.asn.au

General Manager Policy and Advocacy – Tim Hicks on Timh@lasa.asn.au