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.
The SDCP funds specialist dementia care units in residential aged care homes. The units provide specialised care to people with very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. They aim to reduce or stabilise symptoms so that people can move into less intensive care settings.
This ACAR opens in March 2020. We are consulting with stakeholders to help us work out what aged care needs we should target. Find out how to provide feedback and what’s on offer in the 2020 ACAR.
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 Business Improvement Fund gives short-term targeted grants to eligible aged care providers who are at risk of severe financial difficulty ensuring the need of senior Australians are met. It prioritises those in rural and remote areas and providers who were affected by bushfires.
Information for providers who deliver aged care services to younger people with a disability. Find out about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and becoming an NDIS provider.
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.
PICAC supports aged care service providers to deliver care that meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people. You can access their workshops, training, information sessions, fact sheets and guides.
Under this program, government-subsidised residential aged care services must report on 3 quality indicators — pressure injuries, use of physical restraint and unplanned weight loss. This program aims to improve transparency and help providers to monitor and improve the quality of their services.
NACAP provides free and confidential advocacy support to older people and their carers. It also helps aged care service providers to understand their responsibilities and the consumer rights of the people they care for.
ACETI provides incentive payments to aged care workers who complete certain training courses. ACETI is closed to new participants. If you’re already on the program, you can get completion payments if you submit your completion application form by 30 June 2020.
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.
This program helps older people get back on their feet after a hospital stay. It provides short-term care for up to 12 weeks, including social work, nursing support, personal care and allied health care. State and territory governments are the approved providers of transition care.
Approved providers of government-subsidised aged care can use the Translating and Interpreting Service for free when discussing care needs, fees, care plans and budgets with clients. The Australian Government funds these services so that all people can take an active role in their aged care.
We fund this program to provide culturally appropriate aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The service providers in this program deliver a mix of aged care services, mainly in rural and remote areas.
SDAP provides free professional support to aged care service providers who are located in remote areas or who provide care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to help providers in 4 main areas — service delivery, sector support, financial management and project management.
A program to improve the distribution of our health workforce. Under this program, employers who are sponsoring a visa for an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must apply for a Health Workforce Certificate.