Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, is urging input into the West Australian State Government’s plan to streamline age care projects by reducing red tape and making planning regulations uniform across local governments.

“Making it easier to develop innovative, quality aged care across the state is vital to ensuring the best care for older West Australians, wherever they live,” said LASA WA Manager Liz Behjat.

“For many years, we have seen less residential aged care development than other states, resulting in a significantly lower aged care bed ratio in the west.

“The State’s support for new aged care projects is also timely, with the Federal Government’s current record residential care bed allocation in WA.”

The WA Government’s ‘Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care’ aims to speed the processing of aged care proposals by local councils, with the strategy now open for public comment.

The Government says, for the first time, there will be standard land use definitions for residential aged care facilities and retirement villages which will allow flexible transitioning from independent living to residential aged care.

“I encourage LASA’s WA Members and all West Australians who are concerned about the efficient provision of aged care to read the Statement and give their input,” Ms Behjat said.

“It is critical that we get this right, to support better ageing futures for our state.”

The new ‘Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care’ can be accessed at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au and is open for public comment until 19 January 2020.

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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Contact: Nick Way 0419 835 449 nickw@lasa.asn.au