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Australian government funds national scheme to develop social care co-ops

Australia’s federal government is turning to the co-op and mutuals sector to help improve the quality and diversity of services provided to older Australians, people living with disability and veterans.

The government has allocated AU$6.9m in the 2022/23 budget to the Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CME) Support Program – a national drive to advise communities on how to start new co-operatives in elderly care and other care sectors, and to help existing co-operatives to grow.

Sector body the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) will work with communities to co-design social care projects in areas that were deemed by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to be most in need.

These include rural, remote, and regional communities and indigenous services as well as more housing options allowing people to ‘age well’ in community settings.

Read the rest at Co-operative News


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