Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • This ACAR closed for applications in August 2018. Find out how many applications we received and who was successful in receiving residential aged care places, short-term restorative care (STRC) places and capital grants. You can view the results by state and territory, region and SA3.

  • The 2020 ACAR results have been announced. Find out who was successful in receiving new places and capital grant funding.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that promotes advance care planning, including resources and national curriculum and learning.

  • 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.

  • The Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) provides grants to build, extend, or upgrade aged care services or to build staff accommodation where older Australians have limited or no access.

  • This framework sets out how our aged care system can meet the diverse needs of all older Australians. It includes action plans for government, aged care providers and consumers. It also provides resources to help providers meet the goals of the framework.

  • Aged Care Financial Monitoring and Business Assistance helps approved residential providers understand and address major financial risks. We are committed to working with providers to deliver safe, sustainable and high-quality residential care for senior Australians.

  • Our goal is for all Australians to feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, where and when they need it.

  • This grant provided funding for aged care service providers in regional, rural and remote areas to help improve infrastructure. Grants of up to $500,000 per aged care service were available. This grant is now closed for applications. Find out the common reasons why applications were not successful.

  • The Australian Government is delivering a payment to registered nurses who work for the same aged care employer for 12 months.

  • This measure is trialling different ways of helping people understand and engage with the aged care system. It will help us decide the best way to support people to navigate aged care.

  • The Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) program provides new aged care nurses with mentoring, training, and support.

  • In the 2021–22 Budget the Australian Government committed to align regulation to improve quality and safety for participants and consumers and remove unnecessary duplication of obligations for service providers and workers to work more seamlessly across different types of care.

  • Residential and home care service providers can apply for free, independent, confidential advice to help review operations and gain advice on business management and financial strategies.

  • The Centre for Growth and Translational Research will conduct research with aged care workers, providers, researchers and people who use aged care services. Findings will be used to create innovative solutions for the aged care sector to ensure best possible care to senior Australians.

  • 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 CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised aged care services.

  • Find out about changes that will allow residential care places to be allocated directly to senior Australians.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure (the measure) aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing the end of their life.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

  • The National Aged Care Emergency Response (NACER) mobilises experienced aged care staff to care for people in aged care facilities affected by COVID-19. These workers come from areas without community transmission. Initially supporting Victoria, the program can expand to other areas, as needed.

  • The DACS Fund helps the aged care sector to support senior Australians who are sick or living with medical conditions. Read about why the DACS Fund is important and what is funded under DACS.

  • The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) helps staff and carers to support people living with dementia experiencing changes to their behaviour by providing assessment, clinical support, care planning, mentoring, linking to current research and a 24-hour help line.

  • The Dementia Carer Respite and Wellbeing Program will deliver joint models of respite care for carers and people living with dementia.

  • The Dementia Training Program offers a national approach to accredited education, upskilling, and professional development in dementia care.

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