An ongoing royal commission into Australia’s struggling and scandal-prone aged care sector is being extended by several months.

The federal government is also funding another 6100 in-home aged care packages, which have been massively oversubscribed for years.

“We will take every opportunity in the future, including the budget and the mid-year statement that follows, to continue to address this task,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

“This is about ensuring that Australians as they age have greater choices, that families have greater choices.”

Some 50,000 in-home packages have been added since the 2018/19 budget at a cost of $3 billion.

The aged care royal commission was originally due to report by November 12 but will be given until February 26.

The commission will hold public hearings in Melbourne next week.

As part of the extension, acting chair of the royal commission Tony Pagone QC will be formally appointed to the role.