Awareness of Aged Care Reforms

Apr 30, 2012

Q. The Federal Government recently announced changes to aged care which included extra funding, better access to aged care services, capping costs of aged care accommodation and in-home care and means testing aged care accommodation costs. How much have you read or heard about those aged care changes?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

7%

11%

7%

4%

Some

26%

31%

26%

26%

A little

32%

28%

35%

32%

Nothing

30%

25%

28%

37%

Don’t know

5%

4%

5%

1%

Just 7% of respondents claim to have read or heard ‘a lot’ about the recent Federal Government changes to aged care. A further 26% have read or heard ‘some’.

32% of respondents have read or heard ‘a little’ while 30% have read or heard ‘nothing’.

Labor voters were more likely to have read or heard ‘a lot’ (11%) or ‘some’ (31%).

There were no significant differences based on gender.

Older respondents were more likely to state that they had read or heard ‘some’ about the aged care changes (33% of those aged 55-64 and 39% of those aged 65+).

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Means Testing Government Subsidies and Benefits

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Do you think the Government subsidies and benefits (such as health insurance rebates, childcare rebates, age pensions) should be means tested (that is, reduced or not paid to people on higher incomes) or should people receive the same subsidies and benefits from the Government regardless of their income?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Subsidies and benefits should be means tested

68%

79%

63%

74%

People should receive the same subsidies and benefits regardless of income

24%

16%

30%

18%

Don’t know

8%

5%

7%

8%

68% agree that Government subsidies and benefits should be means tested and 24% think people should receive the same subsidies and benefits regardless of income.

Means testing was supported by 77% of respondents aged 45+ and 60% of those aged under 45. 76% of those earning less than $600pw supported means testing compared to 65% of those earning $1,600+.

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