ACSIHAG program

Page last updated: 20 September 2019

What was funded

The Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG) program ran from 2011–12 to 2014–15. It provided funding for quality improvement projects that: 

  • addressed priority areas in aged care 
  • helped strengthen the aged care system
  • promoted healthy and active ageing

ACSIHAG was created in the 2011–12 Budget by consolidating 13 existing programs to create a larger and more flexible fund.

In the 2015–16 Budget, ACSIHAG was redesigned and renamed the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund (DACS) . The DACS fund began on 1 July 2015.

ACSIHAG review

In June 2017, the Department of Health commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to review the ACSIHAG program . Deloitte reviewed 158 projects from the 3 grant rounds. These projects had a total value of $87 million.

Overall, the review found that the grants were valuable and benefited the users of Australia’s aged care services.

Outcomes achieved

Projects funded under ACSIHAG developed 131 tools and resources to help provide high-quality aged care. 

Why it’s important

  • Australia’s population is ageing and has diverse needs for aged care.
  • Quality improvement projects help us understand what works and how we can do better to meet the needs of diverse older people.

Completed projects

The Deloitte review of the ACSIHAG program selected 30 projects that were most likely to apply in a range of settings. View a list of these on Projects under the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing web page.