Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3995..
Tuesday, 24 August, 2004
Mr Speaker (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Planning and Environment-Standing Committee
MS DUNDAS (10.31): I present the following report:
Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report 34-Long term planning for the provision of land for aged care facilities in the ACT, dated 23 August 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.
MS DUNDAS: I move:
That the report be authorised for publication.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MS DUNDAS: I move:
That the report be noted.
Mr Speaker, this inquiry was quite brief. The committee resolved to look into long-term planning for the provision of land for aged care facilities in the ACT. We were particularly interested in how we were working to meet what was seen as a growing demand for aged care in the territory. We have discovered that there is not only a growing need but also an urgent need right now for the provision of land for aged care facilities in the territory.
Through this report we have tried to clarify the relationship between the federal government and the ACT government. The committee also considered the need to look at ways of bringing our planning processes more into line with the allocation of beds through the federal government's Department of Health and Ageing.
Also, we looked at the different models of the provision of aged care. The federal government provides funding to support specific types of aged care, but we were told in submissions that there is a growing need to look at how we think about aged care. Many submitters indicated that people are looking to stay in their homes and communities and be supported there, as opposed to moving out of their communities. So that also has planning implications.