What is the program?

The Australian Government set up the Innovative Care Programme in 2001–02 under the Aged Care Act 1997.

It provides flexible services where mainstream aged care services cannot meet the needs of a location or target group.

The program stopped funding new projects on 25 May 2006.

Projects

At 30 June 2019, there were 8 projects operating under this program, with 41 innovative care places.

These projects started in 2003 and 2004. They were designed for younger people with disabilities who:

  • lived in state-funded supported accommodation services
  • were at risk of entering residential aged care

Funding

The Australian Government pays a flexible care subsidy to Innovative Care Programme providers.

The subsidy is:

  • on a per person per day basis
  • a top-up to state government funding for supported accommodation
  • indexed every year on 1 July

To find out more, see Part 2 — Amount of flexible care subsidy, Chapter 4 in the Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014.

Contact

Transition and innovative care contact

Email us if you have questions about the Transition Care Programme or the Innovative Care Programme.

RCS.Enquiries [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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