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HACC 2012-15 Strategic directions and expenditure priorities in Victoria: Triennial Plan
Victoria’s Triennial Plan 2012-15 was approved by the Victorian Minister for Ageing on the 19th April 2012 and was approved by the Commonwealth for approval on 31 July 2012.
The Victorian HACC Triennial Plan directions have been developed to contribute to realising the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012–22 priorities. A continuing focus on implementing the Active Service Model, responding to people with diverse needs, and improved assessment and care planning, as well as equalising resource allocation, will result in a system that is more responsive to people’s needs (priority 1); improves Victorians’ health status and health experience (priority 2); expands service, workforce and system capacity (priority 3) involves continuous improvement and innovation (priority 5) and increases accountability and transparency.
The Commonwealth Government has been pursuing aged care reforms aimed at simplifying access to services. The Commonwealth has expressed an intention to develop a new national ‘front end’ for aged care to improve access to information and services and to reduce duplication of assessment.
The Triennial Plan identifies that in cooperation with the Commonwealth, Victoria will continue to explore opportunities to contribute to realising the Commonwealth’s intention to implement a new front end for aged care, building on the key strengths of the Victorian aged care services landscape, particularly the role of local councils in funding and planning for services, assessment and service provision.
Over 2012-15 there will be three priorities that build on work already underway and respond to both national and Victorian reform directions.
Priority 1 – Person and family centred: to continue to implement a person and family-centred, capacity building and restorative care approach to HACC service delivery, using a diversity lens.
Priority 2 – Aligning resources with population profiles: to align the allocation of program resources to the changing demographics of the target population, and to assist communities to build sustainable service systems.
Priority 3 – Workforce: to continue developing a skilled workforce actively working to meet the needs of people in the HACC target group.
A Review Agreement in relation to the provision of financial assistance by Commonwealth of Australia to Victoria for the Home and Community Care Program 2007 (Review Agreement 2007) came into effect 1 July 2007. The key features of the new Agreement are:
The HACC Program receives growth funding each year. The 2008-11 strategic directions provided the framework for development over the triennium as well as an indication of how growth funds would be allocated between regions over that period, based on the Commonwealth Government’s forward estimates.
As part of the Review Agreement 2007, all jurisdictions agreed to implement a national triennial planning framework for the three years 2008-11.
Victoria has planned on a three-year basis since 2003, and made the transition from mid-way into its second three-year planning period of 2006-09 to the national triennium 2008-11 planning timeframe in 2008-09.
The Victorian HACC Triennial Plan 2008-11 set the direction for the HACC Program in Victoria for the period 2008-11. It took into account broader Commonwealth and State government directions. The expenditure priorities to achieve the directions were approved by the State Minister for Senior Victorians and the Commonwealth Minister for Ageing.
The annual supplement and regional plans 2011-12 provide advice about the implementation of new money to facilitate progress against the triennial priorities. These documents are available on following page - www.health.vic.gov.au/hacc/plan_fund/plans_expand.htm