MEMBER for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is calling on the federal government to do more to respond to the aged care royal commission's final report.
The final report, released on Monday, spanned five volumes and included 148 recommendations for a "new aged care system."
Recommendations included a new aged care act and minimum standards for staff time in residential aged care to improve quality and safety.
The royal commission also recommended the introduction of an aged care levy.
Releasing the final report, the government said its response would be underpinned by five pillars.
They included home care; residential aged care quality and safety; residential aged care services and sustainability; workforce; and governance.
More than $452 million was committed "as an initial step" in responding to the royal commission's final report.
Funding would flow to home care packages, to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, to residential aged care providers, and to creating places for workers.
An Assistant Commissioner for Sector Capability would be appointed to lead a "transformative change program", and work to replace the Aged Care Act 1997 would get under way.
The government would outline a more detailed reform plan in the upcoming budget.
Ms Chesters, a member of the federal opposition, was disappointed in the government's response.
"The Prime Minister didn't go anywhere near... committing to minimum staffing levels," the Member for Bendigo said.
It was unclear which of the recommendations the government would support and which it was going to consider, Ms Chesters said.
While she welcomed any investment in aged care, the Member for Bendigo did not believe the funding announced on Monday was enough to make meaningful change.
Funding for home care packages went "nowhere near to satisfying the backlog".
Ms Chesters said it was "appalling" older Australians had to wait for support after being approved for a package.
"That is not how the sector should be supporting older Australians," she said.
She believed the families who informed the royal commission's findings were the people who deserved to be recognised in the government's response to the final report.
The Prime Minister notably reflected on his family's experiences of aged care during Monday's press conference.
While Ms Chesters said it was great Mr Morrison's family had positive experiences, the royal commission was about the hundreds of thousands of people who had not been so fortunate.
"There was no onus from the government about its role in what is now a full-blown crisis in aged care," Ms Chesters said.
She said there was no apology to the affected families, particularly those who came forward to share their stories.
Ms Chesters feared the government was "going to kick the can down the road again", despite urgent changes recommended by not only the royal commission but a number of reports and inquiries.
"One in five aged care residents is a victim of abuse. One in three is not receiving the adequate care they require," Ms Chesters said.
"These are urgent issues that need to be dealt with now."
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