Recently LASA coordinated a letter from LASA/ASCA/Guild CEOs to Minister Wyatt protesting the Government’s decision to implement charges for unannounced visits to residential aged care facilities by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA).
We were deeply disappointed to learn that Minister Wyatt supports the AACQA’s introduction of a cost-recovery charge for their annual unannounced visits. The peak body CEOs have written again to Minister Wyatt to express the industry’s frustration at this charge, as providers deal with continuous reductions in Government subsidies.Although the Minister’s response to this issue is disappointing, LASA and the other peaks have noted that legislation may be required for the introduction of the levy. This will provide opportunities for us to advocate against the introduction of this unwarranted cost to our Members. This cost-recovery issue is part of wider LASA advocacy on the ongoing financial sustainability of our industry.