Better Access to Care – simpler forms

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

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The Government will increase funding for aged care by $5 billion over five years. The Government will simplify the initial paperwork that older Australians must complete when entering aged care. The aged care navigator will also assist through this process.

A Forms Taskforce will be established from July 2018 to create a simpler short form for means testing consumers with straightforward financial affairs. This new form will be implemented by May 2019. The Taskforce will also make recommendations on simplifying the means testing forms and process for all aged care consumers, including for consumers with more complex financial affairs.

The Taskforce will include representatives of consumer groups, aged care providers and other stakeholders such as financial advisers. It will report back to the Government by the end of 2018.

Why is this important?

The process of understanding and completing the initial paperwork is complex and at times stressful for many older Australians and their families. The current forms are only available in hard copy, and are long and complex.

A simplified short form for consumers with relatively straightforward affairs would ease the process for many consumers as they would not need to consider more detailed questions which are not relevant to them.

Who will benefit?

Improvements in the application process will benefit the approximately 170,000 consumers and their families who undertake a financial assessment for home or residential aged care every year, particularly consumers with straightforward financial affairs, who will be eligible to use the short means testing form.

How much will this cost?

This will have nil fiscal impact.

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