The rise in the governmental spending has been around $10 billion per annum for the aged care sector only. Two thirds of this is directed to residential aged care. Aged care providers have argued that subsidy provided is not enough to meet the requirements. They are essentially working at a loss based on truly altruistic tendency. There is absence of benchmarking and costs of the aged care sector are operating at a loss. There are considerable issues in raising the capital infrastructure and increasing the quality of care for the people. An increase in the vigorous opposition for increase in spending impedes the progress.
A number of proposals are being discussed to meet the changes in this sector. The main issue that pervades the system is the creation of the proper regulation and planning. The regulations are very high in this sector. This is considered to be an unnecessary burden. The Commonwealth regulates the planning ratio, setting of subsidies and allocation of licenses. These were initially developed to maintain controlling expenditure and enabled in managing supply. There are many choices in place that competes the growth in this sector.
This is used for the assessment for aged care and ensuring that the safety of care is maintained. The workforce is found to be ageing and considerable anxiety is prevalent in the policy makers and different service providers. They want to retain staff and bring in newer staff to the sector. The rise in the Informal careers plays an significant role in the provision of the aged care. Owing to this, the demand is expected to surpass the supply in the next few decades (Cameron and Brownie, 2010).
This is the case irrespective of where the aged care is provided. Australia would face serious workforce shortage. Unless a holistic plan is derived, there cannot be maintenance of the quality of care to the people. Added to this, there are certain barriers and conflicts that exist between the medical community and the social work sector.A holistic plan for the quality of care is needed in this scheme. This cannot be achieved with the current trends. some ideas for future research have been detailed in the following section.