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

Aged care sector newsletters and alerts

Subscribe to aged care sector newsletters and alerts

Aged care sector news

Aged Care Alert – A message for older Australians on COVID-19 safe behaviours

Read the joint letter to older Australians by Hon Anika Wells MP and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly.

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 update – 25 November 2022

Read the latest update to the aged care sector and register for the upcoming COVID-19 webinar.

Your Aged Care Update issue 28, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #28: New Code of Conduct for aged care, Star Ratings provider manual now available, and more.

Health sector resources

Health sector resources

Types of restrictive practices

An overview of the types of restrictive practices including, chemical restraint, environmental restraint, mechanical restraint, physical restraint and seclusion.

Presentation – Residential Aged Care Funding Reforms

Presentation slides from the webinar on 30 November 2022 covering the latest information on the AN-ACC funding model, to understand the Independent Health and Aged Care Authority’s pricing framework.
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Webinar – Residential Aged Care Funding Reforms

This video is a recording of the webinar held on the 30 November 2022. It covers the latest information on the AN-ACC funding model, to understand the Independent Health and Aged Care Authority’s pricing framework.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Manual

This manual is for aged care service providers who receive funding under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program. It outlines the requirements of the program including service planning, staffing, health and safety, quality and advocacy.

General public resources

General public resources

Consent requirements for the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care

This fact sheet outlines the strict consent requirements for the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care.

Upcoming changes to specialisation verification – webinar slides

This presentation contains the slides presented at the upcoming changes to specialisation verification webinar held on 11 October 2022. The webinar provided an update on upcoming application process improvements and the benefits for older people and providers in verifying specialisation claims.
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Upcoming changes to specialisation verification – webinar recording

This video is a recording of the upcoming changes to specialisation verification webinar held on 11 October 2022. It provides the aged care sector an update on upcoming application process improvements, as well as the benefits for older people and providers in verifying specialisation claims.

2021-22 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

The Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) meets the requirement of section 63–2 of the Act that the Minister present to Parliament a report on the operation of the Act for each financial year. This report describes the operation of the Act during 2021–22.