Aged Care Capital Assistance grants to support aged care providers in rural and remote communities

The Australian Government is investing $135 million to improve access to quality aged care services in First Nations, rural and remote communities.

The Hon Anika Wells MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Sport

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The Albanese Government is investing $135 million to improve access to quality aged care services in First Nations, rural and remote communities. 

This investment directly supports aged care providers located outside of major cities, to build and modernise services so older Australians can access the aged care they need.

This investment builds upon the $115 million to build four culturally safe, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care services in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Round 1 of the Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) will deliver 76 infrastructure projects to upgrade aged care homes, build new staff accommodation, improve services for older people at risk of homelessness and enhance cultural care for older First Nations people.

More than $60 million will be awarded across 30 locations to support aged care providers to upgrade and expand their aged care homes, increase the number of beds and improve home care service delivery to better meet the needs of First Nations communities in remote and very remote locations. 

$49 million will support 27 providers to address shortages in staff accommodation to attract and retain more workers so they can better meet 24/7 RN requirements, increase care minutes and reduce reliance on agency staff. 

We are providing $22 million in funding to support 8 specialised services to improve access to aged care for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

$3 million will enable 11 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program providers to deliver more culturally appropriate care in First Nations communities.

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A second round will open in the first half of 2024. This round will broaden eligibility to all regional, rural and remote locations and will have a continued focus on improving access to quality aged care services for First Nations communities nationwide, including urban settings.

For more information about the ACCAP grants, future rounds and funded projects, visit:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells: 

“These grants are about creating more home-like environments for residents giving them access to comfortable and modern amenities, more liveable spaces and less shared rooms.

“We want older people to feel at home, to be safe and have the support they deserve regardless of where they live. 

“The Albanese Government is investing in aged care so older Australians can better access aged care services in the community they know and love.

“These capital grants ensure appropriate supports are in place for aged care providers to maintain the viability and sustainability of their operations especially in areas of need.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians Malarndirri McCarthy:

“The Albanese Government is committed to improving aged care and health services for First Nations Elders and supporting them to remain close to their families and communities.

“This significant investment demonstrates that commitment and will see important infrastructure upgrades at facilities across the country.

 “Elders play such an important role in our communities and it’s essential they are provided the very best care and support.”

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