Aged Care Assessment Arrangements
Information about aged care assessment arrangements.
What aged care assessments are
A person needs to be assessed before they can access government-funded aged care services. An assessment works out:
- a person’s care needs
- the types of care and services a person may be eligible for
Every year, there are more than 440,000 assessments for home support services, home care packages and residential care.
Why we are considering changes to aged care assessments
Currently, 2 separate workforces assess eligibility for different aged care programs:
the Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assess eligibility for entry-level home support services
Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) assess eligibility for more intensive support services, including home care packages and residential care
Aged care stakeholders and clients have said that having 2 separate assessment processes can:
lead to clients needing more than 1 assessment to work out their aged care needs
Who we have consulted
We have consulted across the aged care sector on aged care assessment arrangements, including with:
- aged care service providers
- aged care peak bodies
- existing assessment organisations (RAS and ACATs)
- state and territory governments
- other interested stakeholders
We will continue to consult with state and territory governments on an integrated aged care assessment process. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will also inform us on changes to aged care assessment arrangements.
What happens next
We will work with state and territory governments and other stakeholders on a consistent and integrated aged care assessment process. The process must meet the needs of senior Australians and their families.
The Government will not proceed with a tender process to engage a single aged care assessment workforce.
Find out more
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