The McGowan Government today launched the 'Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care' aimed at cutting red tape and fast-tracking planning for aged care facilities across Western Australia.
The number of older Australians will more than double over the next 40 years, so a key McGowan Government election commitment was to slash red tape and fast-track the delivery of aged care developments.
The draft plan will guide local governments in how to address aged care housing and residential aged care needs by providing a consistent strategic planning approach.
For the first time, standard land use definitions are proposed for residential aged care facilities and retirement villages. These will be used in local planning strategies and schemes to streamline delivery of aged-care needs, including flexible transitioning from independent living to residential aged care.
Since coming to office the McGowan Government has facilitated 30 aged care development opportunities through land transfers, rezonings, development approvals and State Government land projects.
Together, these projects are expected to create at least another 1,500 aged care beds over the coming years.
The draft position statement was developed in consultation with the McGowan Government's cross-agency Aged Care Availability Working Group, with representatives from the departments of Health; Planning, Lands and Heritage; Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; and Communities, chaired by Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.
It also responds to the McGowan Government's Making Aged Care More Available election commitment. It is open for public comment until January 19, 2020 and can be viewed at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au
Read the full media statement.
View the draft position statement: Residential aged care
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