Shire seeks information on aged & disability service delivery options

Published on 06 December 2017

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In the lead up to federal government changes to the aged and disability sectors, Mornington Peninsula Shire will market test and explore all options available to the community for the delivery of aged and disability services.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said an expression of interest process will gather information for further detailed exploration and community consultation about potential operating models available for the delivery of aged and disability services.

Cr Payne said the process will place Council and our community in the best position to consider suitable operating models in the lead up to national reforms expected to be implemented by the federal government in 2020.

Cr Payne said Council has not decided to progress any further than an information gathering process, stating Council would undertake comprehensive community and stakeholder consultation prior to any decision making.

Cr Payne said the process has “absolutely no effect whatsoever on the current services provided to any of our 5,000 clients, our staff, or our volunteers”.

“There is no change, and no decision to change, current service delivery.

“The delivery of services that support people to live longer and more safely within their own home, actively and independently within our community are of the utmost importance to the community and council.

“We’re committed to ensuring residents have access to affordable, quality, timely and responsive services now – throughout the federal government’s national reform transition period – and into the future.”

Cr Payne said he looked forward to further engaging with the community throughout the process. He added that all local government bodies across Victoria need to look into how these services are delivered as part of the national reforms.

The Shire provides a range of aged and disability services to approximately 5,000 people per year, and employs 280 employees and has 160 volunteers supporting the delivery of aged and disability services across the peninsula. 

The Expression of Interest will be published in The Age and Australian Financial Review and the Shire’s website from Saturday 9 December, 2017. Interested parties are requested to provide responses by 2pm 31 January 2018.