An alliance of 48 aged care consumers, providers and staff groups say both major parties need to promise to address the shortfall in residential places and home care services.
- Productivity Commission figures show 40 pc of people wait more than three months for home care or permanent residential placement
- Aged care alliance calling for caps on residential places lifted, restrictions on providers relaxed
- Wants both sides of government to commit to aged care roadmap
The National Aged Care Alliance says it is launching a campaign because both the Coalition and Labor have so far been silent on the care needs of older Australians.
"Too often in elections older Australians don't get the priority that they should," Council on the Ageing (COTA) chief executive Ian Yates said.
"We have had elections in the near past when neither party actually issued an aged care policy, so we are asking the parties to be much more explicit with the Australian people about what we're doing for the care of older Australians, much earlier in the campaign."
The alliance said figures from the Productivity Commission showed over 40 per cent of people eligible for some form of home care waited more than three months to receive the service.