There are no surprises in last night’s Federal Budget announcement for the community transport sector, in that the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) funding would be extended across Australia by two years.  Some of the committed $5.9 billion will increase community transport services.

Community transport for people in the in-home aged care system is funded mainly through the Commonwealth’s CHSP scheme, which aims to prevent people from entering residential aged care.

CTO, Chair, Bethany Langford said the continuation of block funding for community transport has been on tenterhooks from year-to-year since 2012.

“The uncertainty of continued funding for our essential services has placed many community transport services in an continuously unstable position, unsure of whether they will be around to plan and provide vital transport services for ageing people who need high level support.” Ms. Langford said.

“It’s good to have some breathing space for funding, but we urge the Federal Government to work with us for a sustainable and effective funding model for community transport beyond 2022,”she said.

The CTO will shortly be releasing its working funding model, which would ensure the necessary subsidies for asset-heavy aged-care services such as transport, and the ability for essential aged-care services to grow with the increasing demand.

“We have been pushing for more funding information from the government for years now, and it is time that the Commonwealth start working with us properly on this issue,”

The CTO’s funding model will address the need for block funding in failed markets and asset-heavy services, as well as the client-directed care.

“We expect to be working closely with the government over the next 18 months to implement a healthy and workable system.”

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