WA draft aged care residential planning statement

The Western Australia Government on 28 October launched the 'Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care' aimed at cutting red tape and fast-tracking planning for aged care facilities across the State.


The WA Health Minister Roger Cook said, "Without adequate planning and the provision of more aged care accommodation in the community, there will be increased pressure on the WA health system - including emergency department attendances and demand for transitional care beds.


"This policy is essential to ensure that we have a consistent, State-wide approach that allows people to age gracefully in appropriate care, which will in turn benefit their health, and provide fitting care and support for our ageing residents and their families."


The draft plan will guide local governments in how to address aged care housing and residential aged care needs by providing a consistent strategic planning approach.


For the first time, standard land use definitions are proposed for residential aged care facilities and retirement villages. These will be used in local planning strategies and schemes to streamline delivery of aged-care needs, including flexible transitioning from independent living to residential aged care.


Since coming to office the Government has facilitated 30 aged care development opportunities through land transfers, rezonings, development approvals and State Government land projects.


Together, these projects are expected to create at least another 1,500 aged care beds over the coming years.


The draft position statement was developed in consultation with the Government's cross-agency Aged Care Availability Working Group, with representatives from the departments of Health; Planning, Lands and Heritage; Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; and Communities, chaired by Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.


Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care is open for public comment until 19 January 2020 and can be viewed at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/strategy-and-enagagement/ps-residential-aged-care/


9 November 2019.