Living longer living better in Watson

Federal Minister for Ageing Mark Butler joined local MP Tony Burke today at Burwood RSL to report back to the community on the Government’s aged care reforms.


Mr Butler said Labor’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provided a comprehensive 10-year plan to reshape aged care and was the biggest investment in the sector in a generation.

“We’re replacing an aged care system designed a quarter of a century ago and which is now ill-equipped to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers and their parents who are living longer and healthier lives,” Mr Butler said.

“Over 4000 older people told me during community consultations that they wanted more choice and control over the way their services were delivered.

“People want services that respond to their individual needs so we are re-orienting the system on a consumer- directed model.”

Mr Burke said the reforms provide a strong focus on helping people to stay in their own home as they get older.

“This is not simply a reform that I support. This is a reform I believe in passionately.” Mr Burke said.

“People want to be able to live in their own home and get the support services they need to continue having a meaningful, interactive life in our community.”

“I’m passionately committed to a better deal for all seniors and these reforms to the aged care system is all part of the Labor Government’s commitment to improving the life of older Australians.

Key aspects of the aged care reform package include:

• Increase residential aged care places from 191,522 to 221,103.

• Funding to improve the aged care workforce through a Workforce Compact.

• More funding for dementia care in the aged care network, and more support for services.

• A single gateway to all aged care services, to make them easier to access and navigate

Information on the Living Longer Living Better package can be found at