Aged care research and reporting

We undertake research on aged care to understand how the aged care system in Australia is performing and identify any issues. We report every year on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997. We have also helped to set up the GEN website to provide aged care data and statistics.

About our research and reports

The Department of Health bases policy decisions on research and data. We commission research and collect data to:

  • understand how the aged care system is performing
  • identify any issues
  • make sure we have the information we need to make better decisions

We report every year to Parliament on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 and publish research reports on how the aged care system is working.

We have also worked with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to create GEN — a website that provides detailed data on aged care services in Australia.

Report on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (ROACA)

Key facts from the 2018–19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

These infographics highlight the key facts of the 2018–19 report on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (ROACA). They include statistics on aged care providers, expenditure and types of aged care services.

Summary of the 2018–19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

This document provides key statistics from the 2018–19 report on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (ROACA). It includes statistics for different types of care, the aged care workforce and quality and regulation.

2018–19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

This report details the operation of Australia’s aged care system during the 2018–19 financial year. It is the twenty-first report in the series. The report is delivered to Parliament by the Minister in accordance with section 63-2 of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act).

GEN aged care data

GEN aged care data

Visit the GEN website for data, statistics and reports on aged care services in Australia. GEN is designed for all users including students, researchers, data modellers, the media and actuaries. You can request customised data if the published information does not meet your needs.

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Home Care Package data and research reports

Home Care Packages Program Data Reports

These quarterly reports provide an update on the operation of the Home Care Packages Program. They include statistics on assessment, approvals, services, people waiting for services, wait times and maximum exit amounts.

Home Care Packages Program Research Report

This report describes the results of market research into the My Aged Care initiative and the Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms. The research looked at how satisfied home care providers and people receiving home care packages were with My Aged Care and the reform changes.

My Aged Care research and evaluation

The Department of Health commissioned research into how people experience and perceive the My Aged Care initiative.

We asked independent consultancy AMR to find out the thoughts of clients, assessors, service providers and health professions.

The first wave of research was in early 2016 and the second wave was in late 2016 to early 2017.

Find out more about the My Aged Care research and evaluation including the research findings.

Aged Care Planning Regions

The Australian Government uses Aged Care Planning Regions to plan aged care services across Australia.

View the current 2018 Aged Care Planning Regions and the previous 2015 Aged Care Planning Regions.

Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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