While the majority of aged care services funding continues to come from the Federal Government (96%), new data compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has broken down the amount spent by each state and territory – including residential, home care and flexible care arrangements.
According to the data, since 2012-13 there has been a 34 per cent increase in total Government spending for home care and support services and spending for residential aged care services has also risen by 24 per cent.
An additional 50 per cent has been funnelled into assessment and information services, but spending on workforce and service improvement has decreased.
In 2017-18, the Governments, both Federal and State, spent over $18 billion on aged care services collectively (a 4.6% increase from 2016-17) – and SA had the highest rate of state spending on aged care services per person ($4,914) of all states and territories.
You can see the detailed spending breakdown for each state and territory here.