Seniors week is an opportunity to celebrate and draw on the wisdom and experience that seniors positively contribute each and every day.

Stories of hard work and sacrifice are a pertinent reminder to current and future generations that we must equally work hard to build upon the foundations set by older generations to continue to help make Australia a great, prosperous nation.

The electorate of Forde is home to thousands of seniors and well over a dozen retirement villages, resorts, and aged care facilities. It has always been my pleasure to visit our senior Australians and learn about their lives – usually over a cup of tea and some homemade scones.

It is vital that our nation gives back to our Seniors through the provision of health care, respite and rehabilitation facilities, aged support and employment services; together with advice and assistance for self-funded retirees.

On the 8th of July, the Prime Minister and Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians announced $326.7 million dollars in additional funding to support more than 6,100 older Australians to live independently for longer.

The extra 6,105 home care packages brings the total number of additional packages to over 50,000 since the 2018-19 Budget, at a cost of more than $3 billion.

Home care package numbers will increase to 164,135 in 2022-23 – up more than 170 per cent since Labor were last in office – with funding increasing by 258 per cent due to growth in high-level packages.

Following a request from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Federal Government has agreed to extend its reporting period for a further three and a half months due to the impact of COVID-19.

The Commission will now deliver its final report by 26 February 2021.

The Morrison Government’s number one priority for older Australians is to keep people safe and healthy and to live independently.

Locally, I will continue to advocate for our seniors who choose to call Logan West home in our nation’s parliament. Logan West is a wonderful community to retire in and please know I am available to assist residents with any Federal Government matter.

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