The My Aged Care provider portal and the My Aged Care assessor portal will be available from mid-May 2015. Providers are encouraged to set up their organisation within the portal, familiarise themselves with the portal, and ensure the information about the services they provide is accurate before 1 July 2015.
Documents to assist providers and assessors to use the portals will be available from dss.gov.au/MyAgedCare prior to the portals becoming available.
Establishment of the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service
The new assessment processes being introduced through My Aged Care involve the establishment of a Regional Assessment Service (RAS). See links below for more information.
- Media Release - Tender results for home support assessment providers announced
- Regional Assessment Service (RAS) tender outcomes
- Fact sheet – Establishment of the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service
- Fact sheet – What the introduction of the Regional Assessment Service means for Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers
- Fact sheet – My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service – information for consumers
Commencing 3 March 2015, the Department will be holding a series of briefings around the country regarding the 1 July 2015 changes.
The Department will present participants with up to date information on the 2015 changes to aged care, with a focus on key change areas such as Home Care Packages (including Consumer Directed Care), the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, and My Aged Care.
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.
In conjunction with the recent changes to the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) and its subordinate legislation, the Department of Social Services (the Department) has identified an opportunity to enhance the way it presents information to aged care stakeholders.
New arrangements for income testing in home care and means testing in residential care took effect from 1 July 2014.
From 1 July 2014, the Government will increase its contribution towards the accommodation costs of eligible residents in new or significantly refurbished residential aged care facilities that have been completed on or after 20 April 2012. The maximum level of the accommodation supplement will be increased to $52.49 (1 July 2014 rate).
Information sheet to be given to existing care recipients at 30 June 2014 who are moving home care package providers or residential care facilities
These publications, ‘New Arrangements for Aged Care – from 1 July 2014’, are now available from the Further Information page. A provider must give a copy of the relevant publication to a prospective new resident or consumer who was in care on 30 June 2014 and who is intending to move home care package providers or residential care facilities.
Some consumers may be eligible and may wish to opt in to the new fee arrangements . The ‘opt-in’ forms the resident or consumer must use to make their choice to be subject to the new arrangements can be found on the Department of Human Services website.
Aged Care Reform: Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation
A number of Aged Care Act 1997 related Principles will be revoked and created for commencement on 1 July 2014. The Exposure Draft Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No.2) and the Exposure Draft Subsidy Principles 2014 are now available to view and comment on. Continue reading about the Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation.
Sector Briefings regarding Aged Care Reforms and Commonwealth Home Support Programme
Commencing 27 May 2014, the Department will be holding a series of briefings around the country regarding the 1 July 2014 aged care reforms, with a strong focus on the financial changes, and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
For more information see the aged care reform briefings.
Transitional Business Advisory Services
A free new service, Transitional Business Advisory Services (TBAS), has been launched to help residential aged care providers transition to the new accommodation payment arrangements that start from 1 July 2014.
Further information about the new service is available from the attached Fact Sheet "Transitional Business Advisory Services".
Aged Care Reform: Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation
16 April 2014
A number of Aged Care Act 1997 related Principles will be revoked and created for commencement on 1 July 2014. Exposure drafts of legislative instruments are now available to view and comment on; more exposure drafts will be released soon. Continue reading about the Release of Exposure Draft Subordinate Legislation.
Commencement of the Quality Agency
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) commenced functions relating to residential aged care services from 1 January 2014 and will commence functions relating to home care services from 1 July 2014 replacing the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited (ACSAA Ltd).
The Quality Agency is the new agency responsible for the accreditation and monitoring of Australia’s residential aged care providers. The Quality Agency is also continuing the ACSAA Ltd's important work of supporting and promoting quality in aged care service delivery through its comprehensive industry education program.
The Quality Agency will become the sole agency that aged care service providers will respond to regarding quality assurance of aged care services, whether in an aged care home or in a person's own home.
For more information, go to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency's website.
Pricing for residential aged care
On 20 November 2013, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, announced the Australian Government's commitment to cutting red tape for residential aged care providers by simplifying the pricing system beginning in 2014.
Productivity Commission Report: An Ageing Australia
The Productivity Commission report titled 'An Ageing Australia - Preparing for the Future' was released on 22 November 2013. The report focuses on the effects of ageing on economic output (underpinned by changes in population, participation and productivity) and the resulting implications for government budgets should current policy settings be maintained.
Copies of the report and the accompanying Commission Research Paper can be downloaded from the Productivity Commission website.
Release of the 2013 Residential Care Manual
The Residential Care Manual has been updated to reflect the changes to the Aged Care Act 1997, which commenced on 1 August 2013 and 1 January 2014. Further changes will be made to the manual over the course of 2014. As such, the Department has decided not to print this version of the Residential Care Manual.
Copies of the Residential Care Manual can be downloaded from the Residential Care Manual on-line website.