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Labor aims to tackle home care fee rorts with real action

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Labor is promising to put a cap on home care fees should it win the federal election due in mid-May.

Just days out from the election being officially called, Labor leader Anthony Albanese was visiting Queensland and appeared alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Albanese said Labor will stop rorts in home care administration and management fees, and providers will have to report monthly to users on where their money goes.

It means home care users can be confident their money is going directly to care – not management bonuses, new office fit outs or glossy marketing schemes, he said.

The announcement comes on top of Albanese’s plan to reform the aged care sector.

“Labor is calling time on aged care providers who rip off vulnerable Australians,” he said.

“We know home care is a vital part of the aged care system – that’s why we want to make sure it is operating as it should, in the best interests of Australians.”

It follows Labor’s announcement of a crackdown on unscrupulous residential aged care providers, implementing tough penalties for systematic abuse and neglect.

Research from the Grattan Institute think tank shows about 25 per cent of home care fees are taken up by administration and management costs.

In evidence to the aged care royal commission, it was reported that such costs can be as high as 50 per cent of the fees charged.

These unacceptably high fees lead to older Australians missing out on the care they need to help them stay living at home.

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