Changing aged care for the better

The Australian Government is putting practical measures into place to ensure the aged care system meets the needs of older Australians.

Aged care that older Australians deserve

The Australian Government is putting security, dignity, quality and humanity back into aged care. This is in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report.

The aged care reforms will create a system that:

The government’s reforms will improve residential aged care with fairer funding that will give better support for:

  • senior Australians in rural, regional and remote areas
  • First Nations people
  • vulnerable senior Australians.

Applying the aged care reforms

2021

2022

2023

  • 500 Community Care Finders to give specialised support for accessing aged care services
  • Mandatory minimum care times
  • Review of Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • New Independent Hospital and Aged Care Pricing Authority

2024

  • New Aged Care Act
  • Reformed and improved in-home aged care program
  • Residential care places allocated directly to senior Australians
  • Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework to improve accessibility and dementia-friendly design.
  • National Aged Care Data Strategy available
  • Continued growth of aged care workforce

2025

  • Improved service sustainability that ensures Senior Australian’s care needs are met
  • Improved aged care workforce staff levels, skill mix and training
  • Strong and effective governance of aged care in place

Partnerships to deliver successful aged care reforms

The Australian Government will deliver these reforms by working with:

  • older Australians, their families, friends and carers
  • the aged care industry and stakeholders
  • state and territory governments
  • aged care providers.
Last updated: 
19 August 2022

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