Vic local councils hand over aged care services to Benetas

As more Victorian local governments pull out of aged care, Not For Profit Benetas is taking over services in both Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City council areas.

Benetas will run the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services for over-65s previously offered through Council starting on 1 July, while home and community care for younger people will go to Uniting Vic.Tas, following their respective appointments by the Federal Government.

According to Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Michael Leaney, Council’s priority will be making sure residents will keep having their needs met and well-being maintained throughout the transition.

“We support the Federal and State Government’s appointment of Benetas and Uniting Gippsland as the new service provider and are confident in their ability to deliver high-quality care and service for Baw Baw Shire clients.

“Council will continue to work with all impacted clients, staff and community throughout the transition process to ensure all parties are supported,” he said.

Other local councils such as Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Mildura have dropped their aged care services in recent months, due to changes made by the Federal Government following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.