Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care is now part of the Department of Health. Information about ageing and aged care is still available on the Department of Social Services website, however it will be transferred to the Department of Health website in 2016.
The Department aims to encourage older people to live active and independent lives. The Department works to deliver quality, affordable and accessible aged care and carer support services for older people, through subsidies and grants, industry assistance and training and regulation of the aged care sector.
Electronic advice to the Aged Care Industry
The Department regularly communicates with aged care stakeholders by email to advise of important government announcements affecting the aged care sector. To view the latest updates and subscribe to our mailing list, go to Advice to the Aged Care Industry.
We also produce a newsletter for aged care providers. The newsletter provides advice on current key issues and changes to the aged care system. To read the past issues of our newsletter, go to Information for Aged Care Providers Newsletters.
For older people with more complex care needs, Home Care Packages now offer more choice and flexibility over services they might need to remain independent within their homes and communities. Continue Reading
From 1 July 2015, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme brings together the Commonwealth Home and Community Care, National Respite for Carers, Day Therapy Centres and Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged programs. Continue Reading
The My Aged Care website and contact centre is making it even easier to navigate the aged care system, with the introduction of central client records and information portals for service providers, assessors and clients. Continue Reading
Changes to aged care started on 1 July and will give you more choice, more control, and more of the services you might need to help you stay in your own home for longer and remain independent.
The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016 giving effect to the first stage of the home care reforms announced in the 2015-16 Budget was introduced into Parliament on 11 February 2016. Continue Reading