Aged care provides support to older people to help them with everyday living and other needs. Find out about what services we fund, how older Australians can access them, and what service providers need to do to deliver our aged care programs.
My Aged Care
Visit the My Aged Care website to find information about how to access Australian Government–funded aged care services. You can apply for an assessment online and search for local aged care providers that meet your needs. You can also call Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.
Aged care programs for the health sector
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.
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 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.
Did you know?
was spent on aged care by the Australian Government in 2018–19
More than 100,000
people receive home care package services
2 out of 3
people receiving aged care access basic support at home
Source: 2018–19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997
Health sector news and announcements
On 7 May 2021 the department held a webinar about Improved Payment Arrangements for Home Care for providers and aged care peak organisations.
In the ACT visitors can't enter an aged care facility if they have been in a geographical area of risk in the last 14 days. In NSW visitors can't enter residential aged facilities if they have been to identified close or casual contact locations in NSW or Interstate places of high concern.
Reforms announced in the 2021-22 Budget will deliver respect, care and dignity for senior Australians, and place a critical focus on the quality and safety of care. A skilled, professional and compassionate aged care workforce will be the powerhouse of the reform agenda.