Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

If you’re an approved provider of residential aged care or short-term restorative care (STRC), you can apply for Australian Government-subsidised places through an ACAR. Residential aged care providers can also apply for capital grants to build or upgrade facilities.

Status

Closed for applications.

The 2020 ACAR will open in March 2020.

The 2018–19 ACAR closed on 10 August 2018.

Who can apply

Approved providers of residential aged care and flexible care can apply.

You can also apply if you’re planning to become an approved provider of these services. But we cannot decide on your ACAR application until you have approved provider status.

What you can apply for

Through an ACAR, you can apply for:

  • subsidised residential aged care places
  • subsidised STRC places
  • capital grants for residential aged care

Subsidised residential aged care places

These places are for approved providers of residential aged care. If your application is successful, you will receive subsidy payments for the care you deliver to each resident eligible to receive subsidised residential aged care.

Subsidised STRC places

These places are for approved providers of flexible care. STRC is one type of flexible care. If your application is successful, you will receive subsidy payments for each care recipient eligible to receive subsidised STRC.

Capital grants for residential aged care

These grants provide funding for building or upgrading residential aged care facilities. To be allocated a grant, you must be an approved provider of residential aged care and meet one of the following:

  • You’re located in a rural, regional or remote area.
  • You focus on residential aged care for people from special needs groups or concessional, assisted or low-means residents.
  • You provide services in a region that needs extra residential aged care services.

These grants come from our Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund.

How we decide on places and grants

Legislation sets out the way we plan and run ACARs.

For subsidised residential aged care and STRC places, see Part 2.2 — Allocation of places of the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Allocation Principles 2014.

For capital grants, see Part 5.1 — Residential care grants of the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Grant Principles 2014.

Our priorities for subsidised places and capital grants change from round to round. The amount available also changes.

Why ACARs are important

ACARs allow the Australian Government to:

  • plan the number of residential aged care and STRC places it subsidises
  • increase subsidised places to meet the needs of our ageing population
  • balance subsidised places across city, regional and remote areas
  • focus on priority needs
  • make sure providers of subsidised aged care meet high standards
Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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