Reforms by Topic
The Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable system that supports older people who need care. Our new aged care system will give you the support and care you require as your needs change.
Some of the changes to the aged care system are happening now and aim to give older people support in their own homes, so they can remain in their communities and be independent for as long as possible.
Visit My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422 for more information about aged care support and services available now in your local area.
The aged care reforms recognises that while older Australians prefer to receive care at home for as long as possible there will also be an increasing demand for residential care.
Over the next five years, the number of Home Care Packages will increase by nearly 40,000 to around 100,000 packages across Australia. This will assist more people to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.
As of 1 July 2014, the amount you pay for home care is based on what you can afford to pay through an income test. No full-rate pensioner will be asked to pay an income-tested care fee.
Support at home is key to helping older people remain at home and in their community for longer.
From 1 July 2015, the Australian Government will launch the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, which is central to the aged care reforms, and will support the development of an end-to-end aged care system.
My Aged Care was introduced on 1 July 2013 and currently assists older people, their families and carers to access aged care information and service via the My Aged Care website and national phone contact centre. My Aged Care is designed to be a simple and effective entry point into the aged care system.
Aged Care Sector Committee
The Aged Care Sector Committee provides advice to the Government on aged care policy development and implementation and helps to guide the future reform of the aged care system. The Committee also acts as the mechanism for consultation between the Australian Government and the Aged Care Sector.
The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) has been established to provide transparent, independent, advice to the Government on funding and financing issues in aged care. It is informed by consultation with consumers and the aged care and finance sectors.
The Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and supporting subordinate legislation came into effect on 1 July 2014.
Aged Care Reform Roadshow
A series of briefings were held in May-June regarding the 1 July 2014 changes to the aged care system, with a particular focus on financial changes. These sessions were presented by the Department of Social Services and attended by over 2,500 stakeholders across Australia.