We are no longer the providers of Aged and Disability and Assessment services for the Bass Coast Shire.
Council decided at its Ordinary Meeting on 21 November 2018, that it would stop providing Aged and Disability service delivery from 1 January, 2020.
At its May 2019 Ordinary Meeting, Council resolved to cease provision of the Regional Assessment Service contract on 30 September 2019.
These decisions are a direct result of the Commonwealth Government’s proposed aged care reforms. Although Council has been delivering services since the 1980s, the reforms make service delivery unviable for Council to compete with private providers.
Council has been notifying clients, service partners and the broader community of the pending changes since November 2018.
What are the changes?
From 1 October 2019, the Regional Assessment Service transitioned to mecwacare.
From 1 January 2020 all Aged and Disability services, including the Carer Support Program, Planned Activity Groups (PAG) and Assessment services for people under the age of 65 transitioned to mecwacare. This decision was made by both the Commonwealth and State governments and was one that we were supportive of.
Who is mecwacare?
mecwacare is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing a range of care services to the Victorian community since 1959 and are already providing the same aged care and disability services for South Gippsland Shire. They have a number of offices throughout Victoria with a local office in Inverloch.
Further information on out how to access Aged and Disability Services can be found here.