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Higher Accommodation Supplement

From 1 July 2014, the Government will increase its contribution towards the accommodation costs of eligible residents in new or significantly refurbished residential aged care facilities that have been completed on or after 20 April 2012.  The maximum level of the accommodation supplement will be increased to $52.49 (1 July 2014 rate).

Information sheet to be given to existing care recipients at 30 June 2014 who are moving home care package providers or residential care facilities

These publications, ‘New Arrangements for Aged Care – from 1 July 2014’, are now available from the Further Information page. A provider must give a copy of the relevant publication to a prospective new resident or consumer who was in care on 30 June 2014 and who is intending to move home care package providers or residential care facilities.

Some consumers may be eligible and may wish to opt in to the new fee arrangements .  The ‘opt-in’ forms the resident or consumer must use to make their choice to be subject to the new arrangements can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

Aged Care Reform: Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation

A number of Aged Care Act 1997 related Principles will be revoked and created for commencement on 1 July 2014. The Exposure Draft Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No.2) and the Exposure Draft Subsidy Principles 2014 are now available to view and comment on. Continue reading about the Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation.

Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper

The Department invites you to provide your feedback on the questions raised in the Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper).

Sector Briefings regarding Aged Care Reforms and Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Commencing 27 May 2014, the Department will be holding a series of briefings around the country regarding the 1 July 2014 aged care reforms, with a strong focus on the financial changes, and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

For more information see the aged care reform briefings.

Transitional Business Advisory Services

A free new service, Transitional Business Advisory Services (TBAS), has been launched to help residential aged care providers transition to the new accommodation payment arrangements that start from 1 July 2014.

Further information about the new service is available from the attached Fact Sheet "Transitional Business Advisory Services".

Aged Care Reform: Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation

16 April 2014

A number of Aged Care Act 1997 related Principles will be revoked and created for commencement on 1 July 2014. Exposure drafts of legislative instruments are now available to view and comment on; more exposure drafts will be released soon. Continue reading about the Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation.

Commencement of the Quality Agency

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) commenced functions relating to residential aged care services from 1 January 2014 and will commence functions relating to home care services from 1 July 2014 replacing the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited (ACSAA Ltd).

The Quality Agency is the new agency responsible for the accreditation and monitoring of Australia’s residential aged care providers. The Quality Agency is also continuing the ACSAA Ltd's important work of supporting and promoting quality in aged care service delivery through its comprehensive industry education program.

The Quality Agency will become the sole agency that aged care service providers will respond to regarding quality assurance of aged care services, whether in an aged care home or in a person's own home.

For more information, go to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency's website.

Pricing for residential aged care

On 20 November 2013, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, announced the Australian Government's commitment to cutting red tape for residential aged care providers by simplifying the pricing system beginning in 2014.

The accompanying media release is available on the Assistant Minister’s web page located on the Department of Social Services website.

Productivity Commission Report: An Ageing Australia

The Productivity Commission report titled 'An Ageing Australia - Preparing for the Future' was released on 22 November 2013. The report focuses on the effects of ageing on economic output (underpinned by changes in population, participation and productivity) and the resulting implications for government budgets should current policy settings be maintained.

Copies of the report and the accompanying Commission Research Paper can be downloaded from the Productivity Commission website.

Release of the 2013 Residential Care Manual

The Residential Care Manual has been updated to reflect the changes to the Aged Care Act 1997, which commenced on 1 August 2013 and 1 January 2014. Further changes will be made to the manual over the course of 2014. As such, the Department has decided not to print this version of the Residential Care Manual.

Copies of the Residential Care Manual can be downloaded from the Residential Care Manual on-line website.

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