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.
As part of the 'Let's talk about changes to aged care' campaign, there is a series of videos available for you to view. The videos present real life stories and experiences of older people and carers in residential and home care. 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.
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. Continue Reading
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 Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading