About the Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Program

The Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Program provides integrated health and aged care services to regional and remote communities in areas that can't support both a separate aged care home and hospital.

What is the MPS Program?

The MPS Program provides integrated health and aged care services for older Australians living in small communities in regional and remote areas.

Who the program is for

Older people living in small regional and remote communities are able to access aged care services from an MPS.

Before you enter an MPS, you will need to have an assessment by the MPS staff or an Aged Care Assessment Team so that:

  • your needs are properly evaluated
  • the MPS can better plan your care

If you’re a senior Australian and want to see if there’s a multi-purpose service near you, use Find a provider on the My Aged Care website.

Why the program is important

The MPS Program provides health and aged care services in areas that cannot support both a hospital and a separate aged care home. This allows people to stay in their own communities as they get older, close to their families and community ties.

The goals of the program

The MPS Program aims to give regional and remote communities:

  • improved access to a mix of health and aged care services that meet community needs
  • more innovative, flexible and integrated service delivery
  • flexible use of funding and/or resource infrastructure within integrated service planning
  • improved quality of care for clients
  • improved cost-effectiveness and long-term viability of services

How we will meet these goals

Most of the service providers in the program are state, territory or local government organisations.

They consult with the community to work out what health and aged care needs are not being met. They provide services that:

  • take place in the home (home care) or in an aged care home (residential care and respite care)
  • meet the needs of the community
  • are agreed to by the state or territory government and the Australian Government
  • are co-located with a hospital (in most cases)

The program is available in all states, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island.

Allocating places to MPS

Places are allocated to MPS in an allocation round. The 2019–20 round opened on 1 October 2019 and closed on 12 November 2019. Up to 150 flexible aged care places for residential care were available in this round.

View the results of the 2019–20 allocation round.

MPS Program review

The University of Technology Sydney completed a review of the MPS Program in October 2019. Read more about the review, including:

  • how it was done
  • the full report
  • our response to their recommendations

Who we work with

The program is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

We manage the program and fund its aged care services under the Aged Care Act 1997.

State and territory governments fund the program’s health services and capital and infrastructure costs.


To find out more about the program contact:

Multi-Purpose Services Program contact

Contact us if you have questions about the Multi-Purpose Services Program or want more information about flexible aged care services in regional and remote areas.

MPSagedcare [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
19 March 2020

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