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Federal Budget

COTA VIC policy objectives highlight glaring gaps in services for older Victorians

COTA Victoria’s six priorities featured in its pre-budget submission highlight the depth and breadth of the gaps in services older Victorians are experiencing relating to social wellbeing, expanding workforce opportunities, elder abuse, transport, digital inclusion and mobility. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Technology critical for delivering equitable, efficient, and economic outcomes into our future: Opinion

InteliCare CEO Jason Waller says more money simply isn’t going to fix the structural issues of a critical workforce shortage. Until we work smarter, empowering workers with technology that allows them to deliver better care to more people more efficiently, the budget simply goes unspent and services continue to go undelivered.

Federal Labor pledges aged care reform as election looms

Anthony Albanese has pledged $2.5 billion to help the country's aged care sector, as the Labor leader made the case in his budget reply speech to become the nation's next prime minister.

Fed up aged care workers rally outside Federal Parliament demanding change

The Federal Government was squarely in the campaign sights of aged care workers who rallied outside Federal Parliament yesterday, after being, what they call 'dudded', in Tuesday night's Budget.

Budget reveals Govt places no importance on Australians’ oral health: ADA

The nation's oral health has yet again shown to be of no importance to the Morrison Government, with scant mention of it made in last night's 2022 pre-election Budget, according to the Australian Dental Association.

Advocacy bodies slam Budget as failing to address aged care quality and workforce issues

The Federal Government has claimed that its 2022/23 Budget offers “a record investment” in Australia’s health care system, including aged care, but aged care advocacy bodies have immediately slammed it for failing to address the crux of the current quality and workforce crises hampering the industry’s recovery.

Housing crisis to go on as low and modest income renters ‘abandoned in Budget’

The Federal Government's failure to invest in additional social and affordable housing in last night's Budget will worsen the housing crisis for low to middle income Australians in the rental market, according to the national campaign to fix the crisis, Everybody's Home.

Nothing in Budget to address super system gender inequities

HESTA said it welcomes measures in the Federal Budget aimed at increasing women's workforce participation but that it was a missed opportunity to improve women's long-term financial security.

Think tank wants budget strategy rethink, particularly regarding aged care

The winner of the upcoming federal election must consider a different approach to ensure long-term budget sustainability, leading independent think tank the Committee for Economic Development of Australia has declared.

Sustained funding required to ensure quality care for people living with dementia

Dementia Australia wants the Federal Budget to include provision for the introduction of compulsory dementia education for aged care workers, the establishment of a national dementia palliative care program and renewed funding for their award-winning Dementia-Friendly Communities program. 

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