Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant

Page last updated: 17 December 2018

Background

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government announced funding of $40 million for infrastructure investment in regional, rural and remote aged care. 

The Department of Health invited applications from existing approved residential and home care providers in regional, rural and remote areas. Commonwealth Home Support Programme services were also considered, in exceptional circumstances. 

The Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant opportunity opened on 12 September 2018 and closed on 24 October 2018.

Funding was available up to a maximum amount of $500,000 (GST exclusive) per aged care service to upgrade old or unsuitable infrastructure, improve or upgrade existing buildings or associated staff housing.

Common reasons ACRRRIG applications were not successful

Overall the quality of applications was very high.  This high level of competition combined with the number of applications meant that otherwise suitable applicants were not successful in obtaining grant funding because other applications were more competitive.

Apart from the high level of competition generally, other common reasons why an application may not have been successful include:

  • The applicant did not demonstrate urgency or need for the infrastructure works and how the works would improve access and/or quality of aged care services in their community.
  • The applicant failed to demonstrate the benefits that the infrastructure works would bring to the aged care service, its clients and if applicable, clients from special needs groups and how the works would improve the quality and/or increase the services delivered.
  • The applicant did not demonstrate that its management and/or workforce had sufficient relevant experience and expertise to deliver the infrastructure works.

While these criteria are presented separately, it should be noted that applicants often addressed the criteria throughout their applications in answers to one or more questions.  All relevant information provided by an applicant was taken into consideration as part of the assessment process.