Key Findings Report on the Review of the Aged Care Services and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG)

Page last updated: 07 May 2018

In the 2011-12 Budget, the Government consolidated 13 existing programs to create a larger flexible fund.  ACSIHAG was implemented to deliver new and innovative, generally time-limited projects that addressed aged care priority areas and helped strengthen the aged care system. The fund supported organisations and activities that promoted healthy and active ageing. Each round was intended to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector by providing funding for a wide range of time-specific innovative projects.

The ACSIHAG fund provided flexible funding to deliver new and innovative, generally time-limited projects that addressed aged care priority areas and helped strengthen the aged care system. ACSIHAG supported organisations and activities that promoted healthy and active ageing. Each round was intended to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector by providing funding for a wide range of time-specific innovative projects.

In June 2017, the Department of Health commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a review of ACSIHAG. The key findings report reviewed 158 projects from the three grant rounds under ACSIHAG to a total value of $87 million.  Through the projects, 131 tools and resources were developed to assist the provision of quality aged care.  These resources will be available mid-2018.

Overall, the review found the grants were considered valuable in providing concrete benefits to the users of Australia’s aged care services. 

In the 2015-16 Budget, the the Aged Care Services Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (fund was redesigned and renamed the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund (DACS). The DACS fund began on 1 July 2015.

Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grant (ACSIHAG) Program - Key Learnings Document.