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Australian Aged Care Collaboration

The Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC) is a group of six aged care peak bodies: Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and UnitingCare Australia.

Together, we represent more than 1,000 organisations that are responsible for about 70 percent of the services delivered to the 1.3 million Australians receiving aged care, either at home or in communal residential settings.

We understand the needs of an ageing Australian population because collectively, our members support older people in cities as well as regional and remote localities, across all states and territories. In addition, we are major employers and users of local goods and services.

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The AACC ‘It’s Time To Care About Aged Care’ campaign was launched in 2021 and has so far seen over 45,000 Australians sign the petition and lobby members of parliament for aged care reform.

In 2022, we need action to tackle the workforce crisis.

The 2022 Federal Election is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure older Australians get the care they deserve, once and for all.

We urge all political parties to commit to:

  1. A Workforce Partnership Supplement for providers to spend on boosting wages, training, minutes of care, 24-hour nursing, COVID-19 prevention, and workforce retention costs.
  2. A minimum wage increase for aged care workers by funding the Fair Work Commission Work Value Case, and award wage increases from July 2022.
  3. A commitment to a multidisciplinary workforce by putting in place and allied health needs assessment and funding model by July 2024.
     


 

Your voices will boost the attention on aged care and make it hard for politicians to ignore the change we need. By signing the petition you’ll help us transform Australia’s aged care system into one that can give people the care they deserve.

Australians have made it clear – they expect quality aged care. Now, we need the next government to work with us to fund and deliver that care.

Let’s make sure it stays at the top of the national agenda.