Aged care initiatives and programs

A list of initiatives and programs relating to aged care.

  • This ACAR closed for applications in August 2018. Find out how many applications we received and who was successful in receiving residential aged care places, short-term restorative care (STRC) places and capital grants. You can view the results by state and territory, region and SA3.

  • The 2020 ACAR is now open for applications.

  • The Australian Government funds Regional Assessment Services (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) to provide aged care assessment services. As an assessor, view our guides and resources to help you conduct and manage assessments in My Aged Care.

  • This framework sets out how our aged care system can meet the diverse needs of all older Australians. It includes action plans for government, aged care providers and consumers. It also provides resources to help providers meet the goals of the framework.

  • ACETI provides incentive payments to aged care workers who complete certain training courses. ACETI is closed to new participants.

  • Aged Care Financial Monitoring and Business Assistance helps approved residential and home care providers understand and address major financial risks. This helps maintain a viable aged care sector that delivers high-quality care to older Australians.

  • This grant provided funding for aged care service providers in regional, rural and remote areas to help improve infrastructure. Grants of up to $500,000 per aged care service were available. This grant is now closed for applications. Find out the common reasons why applications were not successful.

  • This measure is testing different ways of helping people to understand and engage with the aged care system. It will inform decisions about how to best support people to navigate aged care.

  • Find out who is eligible, how much the payments are, how you will receive the payment, and what to do if you have a problem with your payment.

  • The Business Improvement Fund gives short-term targeted grants to eligible aged care providers who are at risk of severe financial difficulty, ensuring senior Australians' needs are met. It prioritises those in rural and remote areas and providers who were affected by bushfires.

  • The Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme provides continuity of support to older people with disability who are receiving state-managed specialist disability services at the time of implementation of the CoS Programme but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • The CHSP provides entry-level support for older people who need some help to stay at home. Service providers work with them to maintain their independence and keep them as well as possible. Find out what service providers need to know about this program.

  • The CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing the end of their life.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

  • The National Aged Care Emergency Response (NACER) mobilises experienced aged care staff to care for people in aged care facilities affected by COVID-19. These workers come from areas without community transmission. Initially supporting Victoria, the program can expand to other areas, as needed.

  • The DACS Fund helps the aged care sector to support senior Australians who are sick or living with medical conditions. Read about why the DACS Fund is important and what is funded under DACS.

  • DBMAS helps staff and carers supporting people living with dementia. This includes assessment, clinical support, care planning, mentoring, link to current research and a 24-hour help line.

  • The Dementia Training Program offers a national approach to accredited education, upskilling, and professional development in dementia care.

  • The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is a research program that is investing $185 million from 2018–19 to 2028–29. It aims to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.

  • Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.

  • ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers on palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

  • The Australian Government subsidises organisations to provide home care services to eligible older people. As an approved provider of Home Care Packages, make sure you understand how funding works, the fees you can charge, and what your responsibilities are.

  • Residential aged care facilities must appoint a clinical staff member as an infection prevention and control (IPC) lead. This ensures they are better prepared to prevent and respond to infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza.

  • This program supports flexible ways of providing care where mainstream services cannot meet needs. It currently funds 8 innovative projects that focus on younger people with disabilities. The program stopped funding new projects in 2006.

Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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