At the end of September 2017, more than 60,000 people were waiting to be assigned any package and nearly 41,000 people were on interim (lower level) packages.
As has been suggested previously in this blog, there is significant unmet demand for packages and the government has skewed the allocation of packages towards the lower levels 1 and 2, whereas demand is for the higher level packages, 3 and especially 4.
ACAT approvals at level 4 seem uneven with some states having higher allocations than others indicating that something is amiss with the ACAT approval system.
The number of packages allocates at 30 September, including interim packages, was just over 71,000. At the same time the number of approved providers has jumped from the low 600s to high 700s over the 2017 year.
The government has targeted 140,000 packages by 2022 – so that’s a doubling in 5 years, but that would just cover unmet demand today!
It will be interesting to see how the government responds to this data.