by Franci Buljat
Thursday 19 May 2016
The Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce hosted yet another successful evening titled “A Commitment to Community”. Members and guests had an opportunity to listen to three presentations on the topic that impact community – Aged Care and Recent Budget outcomes.
Jenny spoke about ageing population in Australia, distribution of government funded services and allocation of residential and home care places Australia wide. The role of Leading Aged Care Services is to be the voice of Age Care Providers and to work with all levels of government to ensure that concerns of the members are considered in policy and funding deliberations.
Franci spoke about the role ACCS plays in the community, its commitment to deliver services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to our elderly. Aged Care Reform is well underway and with the new changes coming into effect in February next year ACCS needs to best position itself in order to continue assisting the community. New legislation allows consumers to choose their service providers which gives community members opportunities like never before – to choose Croatian speaking services, dedicated, passionate and bilingual staff delivering help in a way most suitable to their traditions and culture. ACCS will need the full support of the community to be able to do that.
Luke and Mirko gave the audience an overview of the Budget announced in early May this year. They touched on Superannuation, Taxation and Social Security changes. These are the areas that can affect people soon reaching retirement.
Truly an amazing effort by VCCC to put these people together so the audience can gain knowledge and understanding of aged acre systems and how they and their loved ones can benefit from them. The group had an opportunity to network over canapés and drinks. VCCC wishes to thank Mr Ante Juric and AHD Melbourne for welcoming them at their premises and donating drinks.
When people come together, great things happen!