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 need to stay healthier.

Some of these changes to the aged care system are happening now. Aged care reforms are already underway, and aim to give older people support in their own homes, so they can stay in their homes and 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.

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Aged Care Reform Roadshow

You are invited to a briefing session regarding the upcoming changes to the aged care system happening from 1 July 2014, with a particular focus on financial changes. These sessions will be presented by the Department of Social Services (DSS).

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Residential care

The aged care reform package 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.

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Home care

Over the next five years, the number of operational 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.
From 1 July 2014, the amount you pay for home care will be based on what you can afford to pay through an income test.  No full-rate pensioner can be asked to pay an income-tested care fee.

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Commonwealth Home Support Programme

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.

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My Aged Care

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 being designed to be a simple and effective entry point into the aged care system.

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Aged Care Financing Authority

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.

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Legislation

On 28 June 2013, the five Bills forming the Living Longer Living Better package of bills received Royal Assent and passed into law.

The changes to the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) form an important part of the two year legislative amendment process.

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