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News, newsletters and alerts starting from 2019 are listed below. For previous announcements see our web archive.

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Single Assessment System tender now open

Organisations with the capability and capacity to deliver aged care assessments can now submit a Request for Tender for the Single Assessment System.

Your Aged Care Update – 19 December 2023 – Issue #49

Your aged care update #49: updated Star Ratings, strengthened Quality Standards, Emergency leave extended to 31 December 2024 and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 12 December 2023 – Issue #48

Your Aged Care Update #48: Fourth Quarterly Financial Snapshot of approved aged care providers released, webinar recording: publishing provider reporting and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 5 December 2023 – Issue #47

Your Aged Care Update #47: COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program extension grant finalisation, free translating and interpreting services, AN-ACC price increased, Support at Home to be rolled out in 2 stages and more.

Issue resolved: Star Ratings provider preview and care minutes targets

Thank you for your patience while we resolved a data transmission issue between Services Australia and the department.

New Support at Home program to be rolled out in 2 stages

From 1 July 2025, the new aged care Support at Home program will replace the existing Home Care Packages Program and Short-Term Restorative Care Programme. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme will transition no earlier than 1 July 2027.

Aged care single assessment system – Tender to open January 2024

As announced in the 2023-24 Budget, we are establishing a new single assessment system from 1 July 2024. This will improve access to aged care services for older people.

Your Aged Care Update – 28 November 2023 – Issue #46

Your Aged Care Update #46: COVID-19 vaccination update, seeking providers to help develop and test new staffing quality indicators, aged care worker pay rise survey and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 21 November 2023 – Issue #45

Your Aged Care Update #45: Alternative clinical care arrangements for when a Registered Nurse is not on-site; Free Maggie Beer Foundation food satisfaction questionnaire; National Nursing Workforce Strategy consultation and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 14 November 2023 – Issue #44

Your Aged Care Update #44: Draft Aged Care data and digital strategy consultation closing soon, webinar: publishing provider reporting for stakeholders and the community and more.

Survey about the 15% aged care pay rise now open

A survey is now open for organisations and workers in the aged care sector to share with us what the 15% pay rise for aged care workers has meant for them.

Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payments Program

We will be delivering a payment to registered nurses who work for the same aged care employer for 6 or 12 months.

Your Aged Care Update – 7 November 2023 – Issue #43

Your Aged Care Update #43: Results of the consultation on the draft aged care funding principles, the release of the draft Aged Care Data and Digital Strategy for public consultation, preparing for the bushfire season and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 31 October 2023 – Issue #42

Your Aged Care Update #42: Star Ratings provider preview temporarily paused, New COVID-19 supplement support and more.

Aged Care Alert – Survey open: COVID-19 vaccine uptake

We have opened a survey to hear your views about the update of COVID-19 vaccines for people living in aged care homes.

Your Aged Care Update – 24 October 2023 – Issue #41

Your Aged Care Update #41: Aged Care fees review system temporarily offline, reform survey closing soon, new digital transformation Tech Talk and more.

Aged Care Alert – Webinar: COVID-19 supports update – Monday 23 October

The Australian Government is continuing to support aged care providers to plan and manage COVID-19 outbreaks.

Webinar for CHSP providers – 16 November 2023

We are hosting a webinar for CHSP providers on 16 November from 2–3pm AEDT. It will cover current and future program changes and funding opportunities. We will also provide an update on the aged care reforms and what they mean for the CHSP.

Your Aged Care Update – 17 October 2023 – Issue #40

Your Aged Care update #40: Updated reform roadmap; Reports due in the coming days, Clinical placements for nurses and more.

Aged Care Alert – Star Ratings: Provider preview has commenced

From today residential aged care providers can preview their updated Star Ratings on the Government Provider Management System (GPMS).

Your Aged Care Update – 10 October 2023 – Issue #39

Your Aged Care Update #39: Age care sector survey open; New process for palliative care entry and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 3 October 2023 – Issue #38

Your Aged Care Update #38: Aged Care reports due soon, what you need to know about end of life and palliative care, hiring mature aged workers and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 26 September 2023 – Issue #37

Your Aged Care Update #37: Webinar: Quarterly Financial Reporting - what's changed, changes to governing body membership requirements and more.

Your Aged Care Update – 19 September 2023 – Issue #36

Your Aged Care Update #36: Residential aged care pricing activities – access for the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority and more.

Update from the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – September 2023

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan with updates from the nursing and midwifery sector, some personal priorities and highlights, and an insight on what's happening across the Department of Health and Aged Care.
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