2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) Determination
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On 12 March 2020, the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck acting under subsection 12-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997, determined the number of places, by care type, available for allocation in each state and territory in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 financial years and determined a number of flexible care (Multi-Purpose Services) places available for allocation in any state or territory.
Prior to its postponement, the 2020 ACAR was to make available 10,000 residential care places, 750 short-term restorative care places (STRC) and $60 million in residential care capital grants.
The impacts of the pandemic response, coupled with the generational reforms well underway – noting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will provide a Final Report by February 26, 2021 – has required a refocus of this ACAR to make available 2,000 residential care places only.
The remaining 8,000 places will be considered in the context of any future ACAR, subject to the recommendations of the Royal Commissions’ Final Report.