About the Transition Care Programme

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.

About the program

The program provides short-term care for older people to help them recover after a hospital stay.

Transition care can last up to 12 weeks and take place in:

  • an aged care (nursing) home
  • a person’s home
  • a combination of the two.

If you’re an older person and want to find out more, go to transition care (after a hospital stay) on the My Aged Care website.

What it provides

The program provides up to 12 weeks of transition care to help older people:

  • fully recover after a hospital stay
  • regain functionality or mobility
  • finalise ongoing care arrangements.

If you’re an older person and want to find out more, read the program information for patients and care recipients.

Why it's important

We know that many older Australians want to stay in their own home as they age. One way to achieve this is to provide older people with more time and care to fully recover after a hospital stay.

This will help older Australians to:

  • remain independent in their homes
  • delay their entry into an aged care home for as long as possible
  • avoid the need for long-term care.


The Australian Government provides funding through flexible care subsidies. The Government pays these to state and territory governments as the approved providers.

The state and territory governments must provide a co-contribution through:

  • in-kind contributions
  • direct funding to the contracted or sub-contracted services.

Service providers can also request fees from care recipients, if they can afford to contribute to the cost of their care.

For details on the subsidy amount, read Aged Care Legislation Amendment (July Indexation and Other Measures) Instrument 2023 -  Schedule 1, Section 1, Item 19 (subsection 106(2)) and Item 20 (Subsection 106(3))

Wage increase for workers

We are funding the Fair Work Commission’s decision on the Aged Care Work Value case. This means 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 (SCHADS) 2010.

The Transition Care subsidy rate will increase from 1 July 2023 for Transition Care Programme employees covered under these awards.

Find out more about the wage increase.

Extension of Time-Limited Places

From 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025, 265 new time-limited places have been created for all states and the Australian Capital Territory. View the Ministerial Determination creating these places under subsection 12-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997.

These extend and build upon the 230 time-limited places which expired on 30 June 2023.


The Australian Government develops program policy and allocates transition care places to state and territory governments.

State and territory governments are responsible for:

  • day to day management of the programme
  • delivering transition care to program recipients
  • choosing the best way to meet local service needs and individual care needs.

2019 review of the Transition Care Programme found the program has supported the early discharge of older people from hospital and can help delay their entry into residential care.

If you are a transition care provider, see the Program information for service providers and transition care programme guidelines.


Transition and innovative care contact

Email us if you have questions about the Transition Care Programme or the Innovative Care Programme.
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