The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to initiate a new program to reduce the numbers of younger people with disability living in nursing homes throughout Australia. Governments implemented the joint Commonwealth, State and Territory program from July 2006.
This Agreement is made in the following context:
A new five-year programme (the Programme) will begin in July 2006, with funding of up to $122 million from the Commonwealth and up to $122 million from States and Territories, and will be implemented in close consultation with younger people, their families and carers. The Programme will be carried out through individual bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each State and Territory using the same structure and broadly the same content.
The Programme will include:
- offering younger people with disability in residential aged care facilities a care needs assessment;
- negotiating and providing appropriate alternative long-term care options, where it can be made available and this is what clients choose;
- developing and establishing new services and care options, including improved services within residential aged care facilities; and
- reducing future admissions of younger people with disability into residential aged care facilities.
The aim of the Programme is to create a broader and more flexible approach which has benefits for the Commonwealth and all State and Territory jurisdictions to deliver sustained reductions in the number of younger people with disability in residential aged care. Each bilateral agreement includes reference to agreed targets for reductions in younger people with disability in residential aged care.