Budget 2018-19 delivers for older North Queenslanders

The Turnbull Government’s Budget 2018-19 is supporting older North Queenslanders to live a healthier and more independent life, with an increase of 14,000 home care places over four years at a cost of $1.6 billion.

Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald said $146 million will also be provided to improve access to aged care services in rural and remote regions.

“The Australian Government is proud to stand shoulder to should with older residents and support them as they have supported their communities for many decades,” Senator Macdonald said.

“We will provide $83 million for increased support for mental health services in residential aged care facilities, especially to combat depression and loneliness.

“We’re also backing older Queenslanders who chose to stay in work, providing wage subsidies of up to $10,000 for employers who employ them and combat discrimination in the workforce.

“Further, we are allowing people on the Age Pension to keep more of what they earn from part time work and extending this to those on the pension who are self-employed and allowing recent retirees to make further contributions to superannuation.

“With over 18,760 people aged over 65 in the Herbert electorate, it is vital that this important section of our community is heard and represented.”

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