About our research and reports
The Department of Health bases policy decisions on research and data. We commission research and collect data to:
- understand how the aged care system is performing
- identify any issues
- make sure we have the information we need to make better decisions
We report every year to Parliament on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 and publish research reports on how the aged care system is working.
We have also worked with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to create GEN — a website that provides detailed data on aged care services in Australia.
Report on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (ROACA)
2021-22 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997
2020–21 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997
Key facts from the 2020–21 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997
Summary of the 2020–21 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997
GEN aged care data
GEN aged care data
Financial performance of the Australian aged care sector
The Financial Report on the Australian Aged Care Sector 2020-21 provides information and analysis of financial performance across residential aged care, home care, and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The objective of the report is to increase transparency of the aged care sector.
The report uses information collected from approved providers through the Aged Care Financial Report (ACFR). It replaces annual reports previously published by the Aged Care Financing Authority.
Financial report on the Australian aged care sector 2020-21
Quarterly Financial Snapshot on the Australian aged care sector
The Quarterly Financial Snapshot provides an update on financial performance of the aged care sector for each quarter of the financial year. The snapshot includes key financial indicators, food and nutrition information, labour costs, and care minutes data.
The report uses information collected from approved providers through the Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) and other sources.
Quarterly financial snapshot of the Aged care sector – Quarter 1 2022-23 – July to September 2022
Home Care Package data and research reports
Home Care Packages Program Data Reports
Home Care Packages Program Research Report
My Aged Care research and evaluation
The Department of Health commissioned research into how people experience and perceive the My Aged Care initiative.
We asked independent consultancy AMR to find out the thoughts of clients, assessors, service providers and health professions.
The first wave of research was in early 2016 and the second wave was in late 2016 to early 2017.
Find out more about the My Aged Care research and evaluation including the research findings.
Aged Care Planning Regions
The Australian Government uses Aged Care Planning Regions to plan aged care services across Australia.
View the current 2018 Aged Care Planning Regions and the previous 2015 Aged Care Planning Regions.