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 32, 2022

Your Aged Care Update #32: Minister's message, SIRS resources for home care, operational hours over holiday period, and more.

Watch the webinar for Home Care Packages Program pricing changes now

We have now published the webinar for providers in the Home Care Packages Program on the pricing changes starting in January 2023. We have also published a list of questions that we received on the day.

Aged care sector newsletters and alerts

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Aged care sector news

Protecting Older Australians– COVID-19 update 31 March 2023

In this issue: Minister Butler's announcement, Upcoming webinars, Information for Home Care and CHSP providers, Reminder about PPE preparedness packs.

Your aged care update #11, 2023

Your Aged Care Update #11: Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill, new Quality Indicators for residential aged care, and more

COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program Extension Grant (GO4863) – Reminder: closing date for applications

The Australian Government continues to support approved aged care providers with the additional costs associated with managing COVID-19 through the COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program Extension grant.

Health sector resources

Health sector resources


Exemption process for 24/7 registered nurse responsibility – information for eligible providers

Information for eligible providers about the exemption process for the 24/7 registered nurse responsibility.

Frequently asked Questions – exemption framework for the 24/7 registered nurse responsibility

This document contains answers to questions about the exemption framework for the 24/7 registered nurse (RN) responsibility, including questions and answers received prior to and during the webinar hosted by the Department of Health and Aged Care (the department) on 15 March 2023.

QI Program Module 13 – Explaining the updates to the QI Program

This interactive module is for government-subsidised residential aged care providers. It outlines the recent updates to the QI Program.

Specialised homeless base care tariff care recipient assessment form

This form should be used by residential aged services that are seeking, or that have been approved, to receive the Specialised Homeless base care tariff under the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding model.

General public resources

General public resources

COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities – 31 March 2023

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.

Council of Elders communique – 25 January 2023

An update from the Council of Elders after their meeting on 5 January 2023.

Council of Elders communique – 22 and 23 February 2023

An update from the Council of Elders after their meeting on 22 and 23 February 2023.

Appendix A – MRFF Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission projects funded as of March 2023

Appendix A to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Implementation Plan identifies Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission projects funded as at March 2023.