2014 Aged Care Approvals Round

Information about the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

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Application period has closed

An Invitation to Apply for 9,330 residential aged care places, 6,653 home care places, and up to $103 million in capital grants appeared in major metropolitan and leading regional newspapers on Saturday 24 May 2014.

The application period was open until 2.00 pm Friday, 4 July 2014. Applications have now closed.  Information about the round is provided below.

2014 ACAR Essential Guide

As part of the application process, applicants are required to certify that they have read the relevant sections of the 2014 ACAR Essential Guide (the Guide), the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) and associated Aged Care Principles.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Act and the Principles prior to lodging an application.  Australian Government legislation, including the Act and associated Aged Care Principles are available on the ComLaw website.

The Guide contains the following sections.

Section 1 Introduction

Provides information about the policy and legislative context of the ACAR. It also sets out what can be applied for, the method for doing so, and the process for the overall conduct of the ACAR.

Section 2 Home Care Places

Provides information about the application process for home care places.

Section 3 Residential Aged Care Places

Provides information about the application process for residential aged care places.

Section 4 Residential Aged Care Places and a Capital Grant

Provides information about the application process for residential aged care places and a capital grant.

Section 5 Capital Grant Only

Provides information about the application process for a capital grant.

Section 6 Capital Grant Program Guidelines

Provides information about the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund, and explains whether you are eligible to apply for a capital grant and information about the application process for capital grants only.

Section 7 Regional Distribution of Aged Care Places

This shows the number of residential aged care places and home care places that have been made available in each aged care planning region. The ‘Regional Distribution of Aged Care Places’ also identifies all geographic locations; special needs group(s) and/or key issue(s) that are a focus of the 2014 ACAR. Aged care planning region maps are available at the following web link, ACPR Maps.

Questions and Answers

The attached document will assist you with general information about the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round and the application process.

Determination Instrument

On 29 April 2014, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, acting under subsection 12-3(1) of the Act, determined the number of places, by care type, available for allocation in each state and territory in the 2013-14 financial year.

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