Aged Care – Continued Capital Assistance for Rural and Remote Providers

A $134.2 million Budget measure will continue to provide much needed capital assistance to aged care homes in rural and remote areas.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Aged care homes in rural and remote areas face higher building costs due to their location. Without Government-funded capital assistance, some rural and remote homes would be unable to meet prescribed building standards or expand their operations to meet demand for access to quality residential aged care services.
  • Continuing this capital assistance programme will help rural and remote aged care homes meet these challenges. Around 40 rural and remote aged care homes benefit from capital assistance each year.

Who will benefit?

  • Older Australians requiring residential aged care in rural, regional and remote Australia, and approved providers who have limited access to accommodation payments and face higher building costs.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed continued funding of $134.2 million over four years to continue this initiative.

What have we done in the past?

  • Capital assistance for aged care in rural and remote Australia was introduced in the 2002-03 Budget to assist providers of residential aged care services located in rural, regional and remote areas undertake capital works.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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