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Major milestone for My Aged Care

On 2 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, announced the tender results for home support assessment providers.

Analysis of Dementia Programmes

The Australian Government has engaged KPMG to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of current dementia programmes administered by the Department of Social Services.

Notification of Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Amendment to Reporting Requirements

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the regulatory burden on business and community organisations, approved providers of aged care services should...

Sector briefings for the 2015 aged care changes

Commencing 3 March 2015, the Department will be holding a series of briefings around the country regarding the 1 July 2015 changes.

Government response to the Dementia Forum Report

The first Ministerial Dementia Forum, Dementia Care - Core Business for Aged Care was held on 11 September 2014.

Consultation: Proposed Changes to Financial Reporting for Providers of Residential and Home Care

The Department has released a discussion paper on the proposed changes to financial and prudential reporting requirements for residential and home care. Submissions are due by close of business on Friday 27 February 2015.

Reminder that the Transitional Business Advisory Services (TBAS) will end on 30 June 2015

The Transitional Business Advisory Service supports residential aged care providers through the transition to the new accommodation payment arrangements. The services range from over-the-phone assistance with one or more queries to more comprehensive assi

Transition to new CHSP arrangements announced

On 1 July 2015, the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will begin. The CHSP is one of the changes being made to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer.

My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service (RAS) Tender Closed 19 December 2014

The Department of Social Services is undertaking an open approach to market for organisations to deliver aged care assessment services to people requiring low intensity, basic support at home.

Payroll Tax Supplement

The Australian Government announced the cessation of the payroll tax supplement as part of the 2014-15 Budget. This measure has been legislated and will have effect from 1 January 2015.