Latrobe City Council has joined a growing number of councils who are committed to delivering essential aged care services for their communities.
We understand options recently put to the Latrobe City Council, by external consultants, included walking away from aged care delivery and outsourcing the service.
These options were rejected by councillors after a vigorous lobbying campaign by the ASU.
As a result of our campaign, Latrobe City Council will continue delivering aged care services for as long as there is funding available through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Earlier this year the federal government extended finding to the program until the end of June 2022.
Latrobe City Council is not alone in wanting to continue providing high quality aged care services to their communities.
There are councils across Victoria who are committed to their aged care workforce and value the excellent care provided to their communities.
These councils are actively working to identify how to maintain their and involvement with aged care and the ASU is keen to work with them.
It is a positive sign, and recognition of the strong voice our union provides for workers, that a growing number of councils are seeking to discuss their commitment to aged care with the ASU and their communities.
You can help secure aged care jobs at councils.
We are always working to have the best information available about deliberations on aged care by councils.
But early warning of discussions at council about the future of aged car is invaluable.
Let your ASU delegate or organiser know if there is talk of changes to the delivery of aged care services at your council.
You can also contact ASU Organiser Kath Tuari on 9342 3475 to let us know what is happening at your council.