2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round

Page last updated: 26 May 2017

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    The Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) is a competitive application process that enables prospective and existing approved providers of aged care to apply for a range of new Australian Government funded aged care places and financial assistance in the form of a capital grant.

    Distribution of places

    For the 2016-17 ACAR, the Australian Government did not create an indicative distribution of places by Aged Care Planning Region, instead opting to advertise the availability of places in state- and territory-wide pools. This is consistent with advice provided in the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Roadmap, which recommends minimal regional restrictions on the distribution of aged care places.

    The 2016-17 ACAR is also the first ACAR in which Short-Term Restorative Care places have been offered. The Short-Term Restorative Care Programme aims to reverse or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing. This new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay.

    Timeline of events

    Applications for the 2016-17 ACAR opened on 19 September 2016 and closed on 28 October 2016.

    On 23 February 2017, the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the allocation of 475 new STRC places through the 2016-17 ACAR.

    On 26 May 2017, Minister Wyatt announced the allocation of 9,911 residential aged care places and $64 million in capital grants.

    Allocation results

    Details of all allocations can be found on the 2016-17 ACAR results page.

    Please note that home care places are no longer allocated through the ACAR.  For further information on the Home Care Packages Program please see the department’s website.

      If you have difficulty downloading any of the documents, please contact ACAR@health.gov.au

      Closing date and lodgment of applications

      The 2016-17 ACAR closed on Friday 28 October 2016 at 11:59pm.

      2016-17 ACAR Essential Guide

      As part of the application process, applicants are required to certify that they have read the relevant sections of the 2016-17 ACAR Essential Guide.

      All applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) and the associated Aged Care Principles prior to lodging an application. Australian Government legislation, including the Act and associated Aged Care Principles, are available on the ComLaw website.

      NOTE: Chapter 6 - Distribution and Targeting of Aged Care Places provides the indicative number of residential aged care places and Short-Term Restorative Care places that have been made available in each state and territory for the 2016-17 ACAR. In addition, specific geographic locations, special needs groups and/or key issues that are a focus within each state and territory are identified as a guide for applicants.

      Distribution and Targeting Resources for Applicants

      The department has created resources for ACAR applicants to use when preparing their applications for places and capital grants.

      An interactive ‘heat-map’ which provides information concerning all SA3 names and boundaries, is available at the department’s website. Demographic planning graphs showing information at the SA3, Aged Care Planning Region, state and territory level are also available below:

      In addition to these resources, population projections to 2027 for all states and territories at Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) by sex and age may be sourced via the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

      You can find information on how SA2 boundaries correspond with SA3 boundaries by downloading the data cube titled Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) ASGS Edition 2011 available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

      Programme Guidelines – Capital Grants

      Provides information about the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund. A copy of the Agreement and Conditions for capital grants is available on the Department’s website.

      Questions and Answers

      The attached document will assist you with general information about the 2016-17 ACAR and the application process.

      Determination Instrument

      On 6 September 2016, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister Health, Aged Care and Sport, acting under subsection 12-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997, determined the number of places, by care type, available for allocation in each state and territory in the 2016-17 financial year and determined a number of flexible care (Multi-Purpose Services) places available for allocation in any state or territory.