Younger people in residential aged care – priorities for action

We are working to stop younger people under 65 going into residential aged care. We are helping younger people consider and access suitable accommodation and support.

About the initiative

We are working across Australian, state and territory governments to ensure no younger person lives in residential aged care unless there are special circumstances. To achieve this goal, we are working alongside planners, advocacy providers, and Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC)  System Coordinators to help younger people consider and access suitable accommodation and support.

The number of younger people living in residential aged care has reduced from more than 6,000 in 2017–18 to 2,934 at the end of June 2022.

In response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, we are working to achieve the YPIRAC targets. These targets will ensure that apart from exceptional circumstances there are:

  • no people under the age of 65 entering residential aged care by 2022
  • no people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care by 2022
  • no people under the age of 65 living in residential aged care by 2025.

To achieve these targets, we are providing:

  • $28.9 million for Ability First Australia to establish a national network of up to 40 YPIRAC System Coordinators. The YPIRAC System Coordinators actively engage with younger people under 65 living in, or at risk of entry to, residential aged care to find age-appropriate accommodation and supports.
  • $21.6 million to provide additional capacity to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to help younger National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to source age-appropriate accommodation and services.

Who we work with

The YPIRAC Joint Agency Taskforce are working to achieve the YPIRAC targets and reports on progress made towards reducing the number of younger people in residential aged care. 

The YPIRAC Joint Agency Taskforce includes the:

  • Department of Social Services (Chair)
  • Department of Health and Aged Care
  • National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Meeting our goals

The Aged Care Assessment Supplementary Guidelines for Younger People include processes the Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) must use before the assessment and approval of any younger person for aged care. This includes referring younger people for NDIS eligibility consideration.

In February 2022, we changed the aged care assessment pathway for younger people seeking access to Australian Government-funded aged care services. These changes ensure that younger people have support to explore alternative accommodation and support options more suitable to their care needs. This also includes supporting younger people to test their eligibility for the NDIS where appropriate. For guidance on the assessment pathway, see the Principles and guidelines for a younger person’s access to Commonwealth funded aged care services.

We have established a national network of up to 40 YPIRAC System Coordinators. YPIRAC System Coordinators will work with younger people and their families to understand requirements and find the supports they need.

On 22 December 2021, the Joint Agency Taskforce agencies released the YPIRAC Annual Report (2020-21), detailing progress made against the YPIRAC targets.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) charts progress on reducing the number of younger people in residential care. The AIHW updates the dashboard quarterly and publishes data on the GEN aged care website.

Learn more

To learn more about the support available for younger people, see the webpage on support for younger people in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care.

Contact

Younger people in aged care contact

Email us with questions about Health's work to move younger people (under 65 years) from residential aged care to more age-appropriate support.
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