Funding for aged care service providers

The Australian Government pays aged care service providers to deliver aged care. It does this through subsidies and supplements, capital grants and funding through aged care programs.

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How aged care funding works

The Australian Government pays aged care service providers to deliver aged care through: 

  • subsidies and supplements 

  • capital grants for residential aged care 

  • program funding 

People who receive government-subsidised aged care also help with the cost, if they can afford to. They do this by paying aged care fees and charges

Subsidies and supplements

The Australian Government pays subsidies to approved providers on behalf of each person receiving government-subsidised: 

Supplements help with the cost of meeting specific care needs for eligible care recipients. We include supplement amounts in subsidy payments and some program funding grants. 

Find out more about subsidies and supplements

Allocated places

For some programs, you need an allocation of government-subsidised aged care places before you can get subsidies. You can apply for:

Capital grants

Approved providers of residential aged care can apply for capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals Rounds (ACAR). You can use these grants to improve your facilities.  

Program funding

You can also apply for funding grants through the following aged care programs:

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22 January 2020
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