Results of the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) – Residential Aged Care Places and Capital Grants

Page last updated: 22 August 2017

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A total of 9,911 new residential aged care places were allocated across Australia in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). These new places have an estimated annual recurrent funding value of $649 million.

In addition, $64 million in capital grants has been allocated nationwide to help aged care providers to construct new or upgrade existing residential services.

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.

Information about the 2016-17 ACAR, including background, Questions and Answers, and the Essential Guide is available on the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round page.

2016-17 ACAR results summary

State/territory

Residential places

Estimated annual recurrent funding ($m)

Capital grants ($m)

NSW

2,470

$161.8

$21.1

VIC

2,645

$173.2

$7.9

QLD

2,680

$175.5

$14.5

WA

1,623

$106.3

$9.6

SA

215

$14.1

$8.5

TAS

103

$6.8

$2.4

ACT

175

$11.5

-

NT

-

-

-

Total

9,911

$649.2

$64

Residential aged care places and capital grants summary

The application process for residential aged care places and capital grants was highly competitive. The department received applications for 45,053 new residential aged care places, an increase of more than 15 per cent on the amount sought in the 2015 ACAR. This meant that approximately 4.5 new places were sought for every place available. Providers also sought over $415 million in capital grant funding.

A total of 9,911 new residential aged care places and $64 million in capital grants were allocated following the competitive assessment process conducted by the department.

  • Around 75 per cent of the 9,911 residential aged care places were allocated for the development of new residential aged care services; and
  • Around 25 per cent of the 9,911 residential aged care places were allocated to expand existing residential aged care services, rebuilding/upgrading of older services and expand services yet to be developed.

NOTE: A small proportion of the 10,000 residential aged care places initially made available for allocation were not allocated:

  • No applications were received for the 84 places made available in the Northern Territory (NT); and
  • Five (5) places were not allocated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from a total 180 available.

The places that remain unallocated in this ACAR will be taken into account for the NT and ACT in the next ACAR process.

The department will continue to encourage development of mainstream residential aged care services in the NT while ensuring aged care needs continue to be addressed through existing services offering care in residential, community and home based settings.

Details of 2016-17 ACAR allocations

Details of the allocations made to successful applicants (excluding deferred allocations) listed by state/territory, provider and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).

Residential aged care places and capital grant allocations

By provider, state and SA3 including special needs groups/key issues

Response to the 2016-17 ACAR

A summary of outcomes from the 2016-17 ACAR including places made available, applications received, and places sought, by state/territory and by category of need.

Information for unsuccessful applicants

The appetite for residential aged care places and capital grant funding from the aged care sector remains strong, resulting in another highly competitive application process.

The information below provides a summary for applicants that were not successful in attaining an allocation of residential aged care places or a capital grant in the 2016-17 ACAR. This feedback draws on the applications received by the department and provides information on areas where less competitive applications could have been strengthened.

The registration period for individual written feedback on unsuccessful residential and/or capital grant applications has now closed.

Feedback will be emailed to the nominated contact person(s) from July 2017.

Results of the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) – Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC)

A total of 475 new STRC places have been allocated across Australia through the 2016-17 ACAR. These new places have an estimated annual recurrent funding value of over $34 million.

A new form of flexible care, the STRC Programme has been established to increase the care options available to older people, through a time-limited, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary and coordinated package of services. It is designed and approved by the care recipient, and may be delivered in a home setting, a residential setting, or a combination of both.

The new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay. However unlike transition care, STRC will be available to people who have not had a hospital stay.

These new STRC places will take effect in 2016-17 (400) and 2017-18 (75).

When fully utilised, over 3,000 care episodes could be delivered per year through these 475 places.

2016-17 ACAR STRC results summary

 

State/territory

STRC places 16/17

STRC places 17/18

Total STRC Places Allocated

Estimated annual recurrent funding ($m)

NSW

88

15

103

$7.5

VIC

100

16

116

$8.5

QLD

92

19

111

$8.1

WA

70

13

83

$6.1

SA

20

12

32

$2.4

TAS

10

-

10

$0.7

ACT

10

-

10

$0.7

NT

10

-

10

$0.7

Total

400

75

475

$34.7

STRC places summary

Of the 475 STRC places available, the department received applications for 18,001 STRC places.  This means that approximately 37 new places were sought for every place available.  A total of 475 new STRC places were allocated following the competitive assessment process conducted by the department.

Details of 2016-17 ACAR STRC allocations

Details of the allocations made to successful applicants (excluding deferred allocations) listed by state/territory, provider and region.

Short-Term Restorative Care place allocations

By provider

By region

Response to the 2016-17 ACAR - STRC

A summary of outcomes from the 2016-17 ACAR including applications received places sought and places made available by state/territory.

 

State/territory

Applications

Places Sought

Places Made Available

NSW

162

6,507

103

VIC

110

3,445

116

QLD

121

4,191

111

WA

51

2,787

83

SA

28

637

32

TAS

17

240

10

ACT

8

114

10

NT

6

80

10

Total

503

18,001

475

Information for unsuccessful applicants

Overall, competition for STRC places in the 2016-17 ACAR was extremely high. This high level of competition, combined with the substantial volume of applications, meant that otherwise suitable applicants were not successful in obtaining new places, because other applicants were more competitive.

To help better understand the outcomes of the competitive assessment process, general feedback for applicants has been developed. This information may assist applicants in strengthening their applications in future ACAR processes.

The registration period for individual written feedback on unsuccessful STRC applications has now closed.

Previous ACAR results

More Information

Number of operational aged care places in each state and territory