What are allocated places for short-term restorative care?
You must have an approved allocation of STRC places to get government funding through the flexible care subsidy.
How to get allocated places
To be allocated an STRC place, you must be an approved provider of flexible care.
There are two ways to get allocated places, which are to:
- be successful in an application for places in an Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)
- apply to transfer places from another approved provider
How places are allocated
The Department of Health is responsible for allocating STRC places.
We allocate places through the ACAR, which takes into account the:
- number of available places
- identified needs of a particular planning region
- the applications’ merits
You can apply for an allocation of places before you’re ready to provide care.
Revocation of STRC places
If you do not use an allocated place for 6 months, the Secretary of the Department of Health may revoke it.
Transferring STRC places
You must fill out the Notice to Transfer Aged Care Places to Another Provider if you are:
- transferring places to another provider
- receiving places from another provider
You need to submit the notice to the Department of Health office in your state or territory no later than:
- 60 days before the proposed transfer date if the transfer receiver is an approved provider
- 90 days before the proposed transfer date if the transfer receiver is not an approved provider
Subcontracting STRC places
You can subcontract or make brokering arrangements with other organisations to deliver services.
If yours is the organisation with the allocated places, you are responsible for:
- ensuring service delivery
- compliance with the legislation