- 31 January 2020News
We have prepared factsheets for the aged care sector with information on the novel coronavirus outbreak.
- 3 January 2020News
The department advises residential care providers that where a residential aged care facility is operating as an approved provider and taking people into aged care respite, the provider can apply for emergency approval under Section 22-5(2) of the Aged Care Act 1997.
- 3 January 2020News
A request for tender is now open seeking a training strategy for assessors under the proposed Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model.
- 22 December 2019News
The NSW Rural Fire service advise that Vulnerable Facility Managers within affected areas should take the necessary steps to prepare their sites, staff and clients for the threat of bush fire in their local area.
- 18 December 2019News
The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck, announced today that thousands of new aged care places will be made available for allocation to approved providers in 2020.
- 16 December 2019News
The Maximum Permissible Interest Rate (MPIR) applicable to accommodation prices and to refund periods for refundable deposit balances and accommodation bond balances will decrease from 4.98% to 4.91% for the period of 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020.
- 13 December 2019News
The WA Department of Health has activated the State Hazard Plan Heatwave based on forecast temperatures for the remainder of the week, for the Perth metropolitan area. Forecasts for parts of regional WA are also unusually high for this time of year.
- 9 December 2019News
Find out about new resources and information for prescribers to support care of people with dementia who live in residential aged care.
- 29 November 2019News
Since 1 July 2019, residential aged care providers have had specific responsibilities in the <em>Quality of Care Principles 2014</em> relating to the use of physical and chemical restraint. These requirements put explicit obligations on the use of restraint by residential aged care providers.
- 21 November 2019News
The department is seeking written submissions responding to its consultation paper on proposed measures to improve clarity around additional service fees charged in residential aged care homes by 17 December 2019.
- 19 November 2019News
The department is trialling a new assessment framework for residential aged care funding. The Australian National Aged Care Classification tool will soon be used to assess around 10,000 aged care residents as part of the trial.
- 11 November 2019News
A State of Fire Emergency has been declared across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, following a period of significantly heightened fire weather conditions expected to continue into next week.
- 6 September 2019News
We are seeking your feedback on two proposed alternative models for allocating residential aged care places that encourage greater consumer choice. Your suggestions for other allocation models are also welcome.
- 17 July 2019News
The department will trial a new assessment framework for residential aged care funding in late 2019 and early 2020. Between 5,000 and 10,000 aged care residents will be assessed using the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) tool as part of the trial.
- 10 July 2019News
Consultation forums in capital cities and teleconference discussions for non-metropolitan areas will be held for stakeholders to provide feedback on the recently released public discussion paper on alternative models for allocating residential aged care places.
- 25 June 2019News
An update of the schedules for residential and home care fees and charges, as well as subsidies and supplements will take effect from 1 July 2019. This is in line with changes to the age pension and indexation rates.
- 22 March 2019News
Work is underway on an impact analysis to understand potential implications of moving to an alternative model for allocating residential aged care places that encourages greater consumer choice.
- 20 March 2019News
An update of the schedules for residential and home care fees and charges, as well as subsidies and supplements will take effect from 20 March 2019. This is in line with changes to the basic age pension and indexation rates.
- 15 March 2019News
Reports of the University of Wollongong's Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS), proposing a new residential aged care funding model, are available on the department's website.
- 6 March 2019News
From 1 July 2019 reporting of clinical quality indicators for all Australian Government subsidised residential aged care providers will be mandatory.
- 5 March 2019News
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has today announced the results of the 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round.
- 21 February 2019News
A Cyclone Watch has been issued for coastal parts of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales as Tropical Cyclone Oma approaches. It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.
- 1 February 2019News
Prudential legislation and regulations set the requirements on residential aged care providers for the management of refundable accommodation deposits (RADs) they receive from residents.
22 January 2020