Care minutes and 24/7 registered nurses in residential aged care

The Australian Government is introducing mandatory care time responsibilities for approved providers of residential aged care services. Find information about care minutes targets and the 24/7 registered nurse responsibilities being introduced.

Changes to care minutes allocations

From 1 October 2023, the government is adjusting the allocation of care minutes associated with each AN-ACC class. Most services will only see a very small change in their quarterly service-level care minutes targets.

Care minutes

Care minutes targets for all residential aged care services were introduced on 1 October 2022. Learn about the care minutes targets and forthcoming mandatory responsibilities .

24/7 registered nurse responsibilities

From 1 July 2023, at least one registered nurse must be on-site and on duty at all times at each residential aged care facility. Find out more, including exemption arrangements for eligible providers. 

24/7 registered nurse supplement

From 1 July 2023, approved providers may be eligible for a supplement to help meet the 24/7 registered nurse responsibilities. Find out more, including the supplement rates.


See information and resources about the care minutes and 24/7 registered nurse responsibilities.  

Care minutes and 24/7 registered nurse responsibility guide

This guide provides information about care minutes targets, the 24/7 registered nurse responsibilities from 1 July 2023 and mandatory care minute responsibilities from 1 October 2023.

Read the guide

For more information on residential aged care funding see Australian National Aged Care Classification funding model.

Related work

Australian National Aged Care Classification funding model

The Australian Government provides subsidies to approved residential aged care providers through the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model.

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