Yesterday the new federal government announced a delay to the introduction of the Support at Home program until July 2024 whilst they consult with stakeholders and consider the implications.

This is a direct result of the lobbying by aged care union members. The Aged care Ministers heard loud and clear that the introduction of these changes was premature and would likely lead to poor outcomes for the elderly.

Our campaign has run for over 2 years and we are relieved that we finally have a government that is prepared to listen.

This is a win for all ASU members, and we know many of you have family and loved ones who have benefited from the care of council in-home aged care workers.

This win shows the importance of being a union member.

What next?
We are still understanding exactly what these changes mean however we will be asking those councils who are currently reviewing the service to do the right thing by their vulnerable elderly clients and immediately take a step back.

The government has been clear that the next 12 months will be one of consultation, listening to service providers, the clients and importantly Union members.

The ASU met with Assistant Aged Care Minister Ged Kearney on Thursday and plans to meet with the Minister of Aged Care and Sport Anika Wells next week. Special thanks go to ASU Delegate and Home Care worker, Edwina Kay, for coming to the meeting and speaking passionately on members’ behalf.

How can you be involved?
ASU Aged Care Members and Delegates are to be congratulated on this win, but we can’t stop now, there’s still more to be done and we need you.

Speak to your Delegate or contact your Organiser to become involved in this critical 12-month period.

The ASU is by your side. Share this newsletter with all your colleagues and invite them to join today. It’s easy and can be done online here

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