The Greens are pledging 50,000 extra home care packages over three years at a cost of close to $5.5 billion to improve the aged care sector.

This will be paired with $3 billion towards improving worker conditions, including the promise of a 15 per cent pay increase.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert says the plan will help older Australians access high quality aged care and improve conditions for aged care workers.

‘It’s been clear for years now that there are significant issues within aged care and for too long aged care has been put in the too-hard basket,’ she said on Tuesday.

‘The Greens understand we need change and a comprehensive plan of how we are going to care for older Australians.’

The $3 billion for workers would also help increase the amount of care residents in residential aged care receive, as well as implement staff to resident ratios.

The party also wants to end of the use of chemical and physical restraints in aged care facilities and are pledging to review the aged care funding instrument.

The policy would be funded by reversing the coalition’s corporate and personal income tax cuts.