Aged care reform
The aged care system in Australia is being reformed to ensure it is the best possible system, now and into the future.
Aged care reforms are being progressively implemented in three phases over 10 years, so our aged care system can be sustainable and affordable, and be the best possible system for all Australians.
Improvements have already been implemented to Australia’s aged care system. Read about the improvements so far, including changes to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, Home Care Packages, expansion of programs, new supplements and more.
The Home Care Packages Programme was introduced in 2013 to replace the Community Packaged Care Programme. From 1 July 2015, all Home Care Packages are being delivered on a consumer directed care basis.
In the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government announced significant changes to further improve the way home care services are delivered to older people.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the aged care reforms, including changes to fee arrangements, accommodation deposits and payments, higher accommodation supplement, annual and lifetime caps, and methods of payments and contracts.
The Aged Care Sector Committee has been established to provide advice to Government on aged care policy development and implementation and to guide the future reform of the aged care system.
The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) provides transparent, independent advice to the Government on funding and financing issues in aged care. It is informed by consultation with consumers and the aged care and finance sectors.