The Department of Social Services 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, including through subsidies and grants, industry assistance, training and regulation of the aged care sector.
Aged Care Information
The Department of Social Services provides a range of useful information on contacts and services available to assist you with ageing and aged care issues.
The Department of Social Services regularly communicates with aged care stakeholders via email or mailfax. These communications advise of important government announcements that affect the aged care sector. These communications are reproduced here as a service to interested members of the community.
The Department produces a newsletter for aged care providers which provides a snapshot of advice on current key issues. It also aims to assist stakeholders to understand the aged care system following the 1 July 2014 changes, as well as information on the 1 July 2015 changes.
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 start from 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.
An Invitation to Apply for 10,940 residential places, 6,045 home care places and up to $67 million in capital grants appeared in major metropolitan and leading regional newspapers on Saturday 15 August 2015. Continue Reading