Ageing and Aged Care

Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care has recently moved to the Department of Health from the Department of Social Services (DSS). Information about ageing and aged care is currently still available on the DSS website, and will be transferred to the Department of Health website shortly.

Page last updated: 12 June 2016 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)

The Department works to deliver quality, affordable and accessible aged care and carer support services for older people in Australia through subsidies and grants, industry assistance, and training and regulation of the aged care sector.

News and updates

Stay up-to-date and subscribe to the latest aged care newsletters and announcements from the Department. Have your say in our public consultations, and attend briefings and webinars about changes to the aged care system.

Aged care reform

The aged care system in Australia is being reformed to ensure it is the best possible system, now and into the future. Reforms are being implemented progressively in three phases over ten years.

Home care packages – reform

Home care packages have undergone changes as part of the Australian Government’s broader aged care reform agenda. Find out more about the home care packages reform.

Aged care programs

Access My Aged Care, the main entry point to Australia’s aged care system, to find out about help and services available. Other aged care programs include Home Care Packages, Commonwealth Home Support Programme, Flexible Care, Short-Term Restorative Care and Residential Care.

Support services

Improving the quality of life for older people in Australia through programs such as aged care advocacy, the Community Visitors Scheme, incontinence and dementia support, and information for people from diverse backgrounds.

Aged care funding

Subsidies, supplements and grants available to eligible aged care service providers, as well as capital funding for construction, maintenance and upgrading of residential aged care services.

Workforce development programs

Funding assistance is available for eligible candidates through programs and scholarships such as the Aged Care Training Incentive (ACETI) Programme. Find out about the Aged Care Workforce Fund, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Fund, and Aged Care Assessment Programme training.

Ensuring quality

Read about the national voluntary quality indicators for aged care, standards and accreditation, quality reporting and compliance.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner provides a free service for anyone to raise their concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered by Australian Government funded aged care services.

Publications, forms and resources

Access aged care legislation, forms, guidelines, reports, fact sheets and more.

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