Government will increase minimum meals unit price for aged care providers to $7.50

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Aged care providers will receive an additional $2.60 to deliver meals to residents.

The minimum unit price of $4.90 paid to food providers will be lifted by $2.60 during the course of 2021/2022, said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck.

“This vital measure puts the health and wellbeing of older Australians first, while strengthening the viability of meal providers across the country,” Minister Colbeck said.

The unit price increase amounts to a $7 million funding injection under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The CHSP provides home support to Australians aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Indigenous Australians) living at home and in their own communities.

In 2020-21, there are 571 meal providers funded by the Australian Government to deliver 11.5 million meals across Australia. More than 10 million of the meals are delivered by more than 76,000 Meals on Wheels volunteers.