2015 Aged Care Approvals Round

Page last updated: 18 March 2016

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Background

The application period for the 2015 Aged care Approvals Round (ACAR) was open from 15 August 2015 until 25 September 2015. Applications have now been assessed and the results are available for viewing.

An Invitation to Apply for 10,940 residential places, 6,045 home care places, and up to $67 million in capital grants, appeared in major metropolitan and leading regional newspapers on Saturday 15 August 2015.

An additional 400 Level 4 home care places were made available for allocation through the 2015 ACAR on 19 January 2016.

2015 ACAR Essential Guide

As part of the application process, applicants were required to certify that they had read the relevant sections of the 2015 ACAR Essential Guide.

All applicants were 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.

The Essential Guide contains the following sections:

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Provides information about the policy and legislative context of the ACAR. It also sets out what can be applied for, the method for doing so, and the process for the overall conduct of the ACAR.

Chapter 2 - Home Care Places

Provides information about the application process for home care places.

Chapter 3 - Residential Aged Care Places

Provides information about the application process for residential aged care places.

Chapter 4 - Capital Grant

Provides information about the application process for a capital grant.

Chapter 5 – Capital Grant Program Guidelines

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.

Chapter 6 - Regional Distribution of Aged Care Places

The Regional Distribution of Aged Care Places provides the indicative number of residential aged care places and home care places that have been made available in each Aged Care Planning Region, by State and Territory, for the 2015 ACAR. In addition, specific geographic locations, special needs groups and/or key issues that are a focus within each Aged Care Planning Region are identified.

Maps of Aged Care Planning Regions are available at the Department’s website.

Questions and Answers

The attached document will assist you with general information about the 2015 ACAR and the application process.

Determination Instrument

On 19 January 2016, the Hon Sussan Ley, Minister for Aged Care, acting under subsection 12-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997, varied the determination dated 27 July 2015 regarding the number of places, by care type, available for allocation in each state and territory in the 2015-16 financial year.

On 27 July 2015, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, 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 2015-16 financial year and determined a number of flexible care (Multi-Purpose Services) and home care places available for allocation in any state or territory.

On 28 May 2015, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, acting under subsection 12-3(1) of the Aged Care Act 1997, determined a number of home care places available for allocation in any state or territory.

Note: home care places determined available for allocation in any state or territory are to be allocated as required through emergency allocation provisions under subsection 14-9 of the Aged Care Act 1997, and are not available for allocation through the 2015 ACAR.