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Guide for best practice design in residential aged care

The National Aged Care Design Principles and Guidelines outline practical changes aged care providers can make to improve residents’ quality of life.

Nominate someone inspiring for an Australian of the Year Award

Nominate an inspiring older person or someone making a difference to the lives of older people for a 2025 Australian of the Year Award.

New Aged Care Data and Digital Strategy published

The Aged Care Data and Digital Strategy and Action Plan 2024–2029, sets our direction to deliver the highest quality, person-centred care for older people. This will drive a sustainable and productive care and support economy, through data and digital innovation.

Have your say: Quality indicators for in-home aged care

We are expanding the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program into in-home aged care. Public consultation is now open to decide on the new quality indicators. Find out how to have your say.

Protect our older community with a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower than needed to protect our older community, particularly aged care residents.

Draft new Aged Care Act consultation feedback report available

Our consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act closed on 8 March 2024. Read about what we heard and what will happen next with the Act.

Expansion of the National Sign Language Program (NSLP)

From 1 July 2024, the NSLP will include sign language interpreting and captioning services for health and medical appointments.

Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) – Thin Markets, Multiple Streams results

We have announced the results of the ACCAP Thin Markets, Multiple Streams Grant Opportunity. Find out how many applications we received and which aged care providers received grants.

Free palliative care education and training

Everyone who works in health and aged care has an important role in providing high-quality, person-centred palliative care.

National Palliative Care Week 2024

It’s National Palliative Care Week – a timely reminder that it’s never too soon to start the conversation about matters of life and death.

Aged care design ideas competition – Winners announced

We have announced the winners of the ‘Reimagining Where We Live’ design ideas competition.

Webinar: Introduction to aged care cost collection

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) is hosting two webinars in April 2024. The webinars will provide information about aged care cost collection and how your contribution will help shape the future of Australian aged care services.

Single Assessment System tender extended until 21 March 2024

The closing time for the Request for Tender for the Single Assessment System has been extended until 2pm AEDT Thursday 21 March 2024.

New Aged Care Act consultation period extended

Public consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act as been extended to 8 March 2024. Have your say and help shape Australia’s aged care system.

Business and Workforce Advisory Service is now available

Aged care providers can now access free business and workforce advice.

Recognising the Nominees of the 2024 Senior Australian of the Year Award

The annual Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of older people across each state and territory in Australia.

COVID-19 emergency leave extended for permanent aged care residents

We have extended emergency leave for permanent aged care residents for 12 months. This means residents who wish to temporarily relocate during COVID-19 outbreaks can continue to use emergency leave instead of social leave through to 31 December 2024.

Additional $15 million in 2023-24 for CHSP ad hoc grant opportunity

An additional $15 million in 2023-24 is now available for the CHSP ad hoc grant opportunity (GO5672) to support providers.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council appointments

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council has reappointed Andrea Coote and appointed Professor Valerie Braithwaite.

Announcement of interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner

Ms Andrea Kelly has been named as the interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner. The interim Commissioner will be engaging with First Nations communities and stakeholders on the design and functions of a permanent Commissioner role, including where it is located.

Protecting older people in the festive season

Christmas, summer and the festive season is a time many of us spend with our family and friends. Make sure you know the basics and protect yourself, family and friends from COVID-19.

Working in aged care in Australia

A new version of the Working in aged care in Australia booklet now provides aged care workers with information about what changes are happening in aged care and how these affect the workforce.

Aged care design ideas competition now open

The Reimagining Where We Live design ideas competition is now open for architects and designers to design an innovative aged care home and showcase what can be achieved with the Australian Government’s new Design Principles and Guidelines for aged care homes.

New statutory agency to investigate systemic issues in aged care

The new Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care will provide informed and independent oversight of the aged care system.

ATAGI update additional 2023 COVID-19 vaccination dose

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recently updated their advice for the COVID-19 booster dose.
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