About the program
This program funds aged care services to:
- meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- allow them to remain close to home and community.
Most of these services are in rural and remote areas.
Aged care service providers and organisations can apply for funding through grant rounds.
To find out more about these services for yourself or an older person you care for, go to support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Why it is important
We want older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to feel culturally safe when they receive aged care.
This means we need aged care services that:
- recognise, respect and support their unique cultural identity
- meet their needs, wants and rights.
The program funds residential and home care services that are:
- culturally appropriate
- acceptable to and accessible by the community.
Most services under this program are in rural and remote areas.
How the program works
Service providers must:
- deliver a mix of aged care services that meets community needs
- follow policies and practices that support culturally appropriate care
- help people to stay connected with their family and community
- support individual interests, customs, beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
To give culturally appropriate care, providers may do various things like:
- have buildings suited to cultural activities and ceremonies
- provide access to bushland gardens
- employ Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples to provide care
- include the local community in aged care planning
- respect cultural traditions, such as men’s and women’s business.
Read the program manual and the exit pathway to find out more.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Manual
Aged care reforms and changes
Aged care models will be improved as the reforms are implemented, the reforms will impact future all aged care programs, including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program.
Changes to the NATSIFAC Program will align with key reforms, such as the new Aged Care Act while ensuring service providers can continue to deliver flexible, culturally safe care to meet to the individual needs of First Nations Elders and local communities.
While we implement the aged care reforms, current NATSIFAC service providers will receive ongoing funding to 30 June 2025. This will ensure continuity of care and delivery of quality services. Funding arrangements beyond 30 June 2025 will need to reflect changes from the broader aged care reforms, including the new Age Care Act.
Wages increase for workers
We are funding the Fair Work Commission’s decision on the Aged Care Work Value case. The commission decided on a 15% award wage increase for aged care workers covered by the:
- Aged Care Award 2010
- Nurses Award 2020
- Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS).
NATSIFAC service providers will receive extra funding applied through a variation to the 2023-24 to 2024-25 grant funding agreements.
NATSIFAC service providers will be offered these variations in the first quarter of 2023-24 and will be effective on 1 July 2023. The wage increase will take effect from the employee’s first full pay period that starts on or after 30 June 2023.
Find out more about the wage increase, or email NATSIFACP@health.gov.au for more information.
How to apply for funding
We advertise funding rounds on Grant Connect. To get automatic emails about new grant listings, register as a Grant Connect user.
Find out more about the entry pathway into the program.
Who we work with
The Department of Health manages and develops policy for the program. We also organise grant rounds and funding for the program.
Funded aged care service providers deliver the services.