ACFI cuts blamed for 95 Illawarra job losses

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A group of five Illawarra not-for-profit aged care providers says planned cuts to aged care funding will slash over $3 million for their organisations or around 95 part-time carer roles.

Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, who is also the regional chairman of Aged and Community Services (ACSA), said under the cuts – which will save the Government an estimated $1.2 billion over four years – some residents could lose up to $20,000 per year in residential care funding.

Four of the groups – Warrigal, Blue Haven Care, Harbison Care and Illawarra Diggers – currently care for over 920 residents, most without the money to make up the shortfall according to their CEOs.

‘’We know that the federal budget is stretched and that savings are required,’’ Mr Sewell said. ‘’But these cuts are pretty ruthless. The government needs to relook at the ACFI tool to simplify it and make sure people with the most complex care needs don’t miss out.’’

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