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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  • Residential aged care is for senior Australians who can no longer live independently at home. The Australian Government funds residential aged care to make it more affordable and accessible.

  • 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 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 Australian Government subsidises organisations to provide home care services to eligible older people. As an approved provider of Home Care Packages, make sure you understand how funding works, the fees you can charge, and what your responsibilities are.

  • 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.

  • SIRS is the Australian Government’s proposed approach to reduce the risk of abuse and better respond to serious incidents in government-subsidised residential aged care. SIRS will build the ability of providers to better manage incidents if they occur and make sure care recipients are supported.

  • 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 measure is testing different ways of helping people to understand and engage with the aged care system. It will inform decisions about how to best support people to navigate aged care.

  • This program supports flexible ways of providing care where mainstream services cannot meet needs. It currently funds 8 innovative projects that focus on younger people with disabilities. The program stopped funding new projects in 2006.

  • 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.

  • The CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages.

  • 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.

  • 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 Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme provides continuity of support to older people with disability who are receiving state-managed specialist disability services at the time of implementation of the CoS Programme but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • 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.

  • The Multi-Purpose Services Program combines funding for aged care services from the Australian Government with state and territory health services. This joint initiative means small regional and remote communities can offer flexible aged care services that meet the needs of their community.

  • My Aged Care aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to find information on ageing and aged care in Australia. We provide online information and trained call centre staff to help you get an older person’s needs assessed and to find and access services.

  • The STRC Programme provides services to older people for up to 8 weeks to help them delay or avoid long-term care. Read about the STRC Programme, including how it's managed, approved provider responsibilities, and how to deliver STRC services.

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