Aged care

Aged care provides support to older people to help them with everyday living and other needs. Find out about what services we fund, how older Australians can access them, and what service providers need to do to deliver our aged care programs.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines

Find news and information about the development, approval process and plans for COVID-19 vaccines.

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Learn about aged care

Find out about aged care services and what we’re doing to improve them.

Delivering quality aged care services

Find out about delivering quality care and services.

Read about Australia's aged care reforms

Find out about our once in a generation reform plan.

Read about the Royal Commission into Aged Care

Learn about the 148 recommendations to improve aged care in Australia.

My Aged Care

Visit the My Aged Care website to find information about how to access Australian Government–funded aged care services. You can apply for an assessment online and search for local aged care providers that meet your needs. You can also call Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.

Aged care programs for the health sector

Home Care Packages Program

The Australian Government subsidises organisations to provide home care services to eligible older people. As an approved provider of Home Care Packages, make sure you understand how funding works, the fees you can charge, and what your responsibilities are.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The CHSP provides entry-level support for older people who need some help to stay at home. Service providers work with them to maintain their independence and keep them as well as possible. Find out what service providers need to know about this program.

Aged care assessment programs

The Australian Government funds Regional Assessment Services (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) to provide aged care assessment services. As an assessor, view our guides and resources to help you conduct and manage assessments in My Aged Care.

Did you know?

$19.9 billion

was spent on aged care by the Australian Government in 2018–19

More than 100,000

people receive home care package services

2 out of 3

people receiving aged care access basic support at home

Source: 2018–19 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

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Your Aged Care Update issue 30, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #30: New requirements in place: Provider Governance, Code of Conduct for Aged Care, Serious Incident Response Scheme, Restrictive Practices and more.

Aged care sector newsletters and alerts

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Aged care sector news

Aged Care Alert – Important changes from 1 December: Provider Governance, SIRS, Restrictive Practices

Subordinate legislation for the following aged care reforms has now been registered, with these changes coming into effect from 1 December 2022.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Newsletter 5 December 2022

What’s new: Recording of COVID-19 aged care update webinar, Festive season resources for providers and more.

Aged Care Alert – Advance Payments for January 2023

Services Australia will be issuing January 2023 advance payments for residential care.

Health sector resources

Health sector resources

Residential aged care COVID poster A3 blue

A3 poster for use on entry to residential aged care homes to help protect residents from COVID-19 (blue).

Help protect residents – COVID-19 poster A3

A3 poster for use in residential aged care homes help protect residents from COVID-19.

Help protect residents – social media tile

Help protect our residents, digital image aged care providers can use in their promotional activity.

Tis the season to be COVID safe poster A3

A3 poster for use in residential aged care homes for the festive season to help protect residents from COVID-19.

General public resources

General public resources

Council of Elders communique – 10 November 2022

An update from the Council of Elders after their meeting on 10 November 2022.

National Aged Care Advisory Council communique – November 2022

The meeting of the National Aged Care Advisory Council was held on 17 November 2022.

Star Ratings ‘how to’ for Residential Aged Care

A Star Ratings ‘how to’ mini video has been developed to support older Australians and their representatives to understand and utilise Star Ratings.

COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities – 2 December 2022

This weekly report provides a snapshot of data on the impact of COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities nationally. The report includes data on the number of services impacted and number of staff and resident cases, as well as workforce, testing and PPE provided to affected services.