More than 600 elderly residents are stuck in a queue for a home care package, according to Whitlam MP Stephen Jones.
On the eve of the royal commission into Australia's aged care industry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced 10,000 additional home care packages, as a part of a $662 million commitment to aged care.
There are 614 Highlanders waiting for a package in the National Prioritisation Queue, based on their individual needs and circumstances.
However Mr Jones said there was "no guarantee" any of the 10,000 packages would be allocated to the Highlands.
"I’ve written to the minister to address the immediate needs of this area," he said.
"We want to see the backlog in the Southern Highlands cleared."
Mr Jones said the need for packages was urgent as elderly people made up a significant portion of the Highlands.
"Twenty per cent of the population in the Southern Highlands is over the age of 65. They need these care services now," he said.
"The standard of aged care has been in free fall. Older locals and their families cannot wait until the end of the royal commission for the known issues is to be fixed."
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