Results of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

Page last updated: 27 January 2015

A total of 17,849 new aged care places (11,196 residential aged care places and 6,653 home care places) were allocated across Australia in the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). These new places have an estimated annual recurrent funding value of over $833.6 million.

In addition, $103 million in capital grants will be allocated to assist aged care providers to build new or improve existing residential aged care services.

Information on the number of operational aged care places in each state and territory is available.

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Information about the 2014 ACAR, including background, Questions and Answers, and the Essential Guide is available on the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round page.

2014 ACAR results summary

State/territory Residential places Home care places Estimated annual recurrent funding ($m) Capital grants ($m)
NSW 3,267 2,378 $257.6 $21.2
VIC 3,113 1,768 $231.2 $19.9
QLD 2,982 1,013 $198.3 $24.0
WA 1,316 672 $92.4 $11.2
SA 212 550 $29.3 $5.8
TAS 95 179 $10.1 $5.8
ACT 211 68 $13.9 -
NT - 25 $0.8 $15.1
Total 11,196 6,653 $833.6 $103.0

Overall, competition for new residential aged care places was the strongest in several years. This high level of competition meant that otherwise suitable applications were not successful in obtaining new places, because other applicants in the region were more competitive.

Deferred allocations

As at 4 December 2014, the above places include deferred allocations in respect of applicants who are awaiting the required approved provider status.  As the related approved provider applications are progressively approved, this website, listing the details of the successful applicants in the 2014 ACAR, will be updated.

Residential aged care places summary

Competition for new residential aged care places was much stronger in the 2014 ACAR than in previous rounds. A total of 9,330 residential aged care places were advertised on 24 May 2014 and an additional 1,866 residential aged care places were created on 26 November 2014 through a variation to the original Ministerial Determination. The Department received applications for 19,169 new residential aged care places, this means that approximately 2 new places were sought for every place available.  A total of 11,196 new residential aged care places were allocated following the competitive assessment process conducted by the Department.

  • 57 per cent of residential aged care places were allocated for new residential aged care facilities
  • 43 per cent of residential aged care places were allocated to expand existing residential aged care facilities

Home care places summary

Competition for new home care places was extremely high, with the Department receiving applications for 108,281 new home care places in respect of the 6,653 places available.  This means that approximately 17 new places were sought for every place available.  A total of 6,653 new home care places were allocated following the competitive assessment process conducted by the Department.

  • 45 per cent of home care places were allocated for new home care services
  • 55 per cent of home care places were allocated to expand existing home care services

Details of 2014 ACAR allocations

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

Residential aged care places and capital grant allocations

By provider

By region

Home care places allocations

By provider

By region

Regional response to the 2014 ACAR

A summary of outcomes from the 2014 ACAR including places made available, applications received, and places sought, by state/territory, by aged care planning region and by care type

Information for unsuccessful applicants

The allocation of new aged care places is made by the Department of Social Services in accordance with the Aged Care Act 1997 section 14-1 (Allocation of places) and section 14-2 (Competitive assessment of applications for allocations) and associated Allocation Principles 2014. In accordance with these provisions, places are allocated to applicants that demonstrate they best meet the needs of the aged community in an aged care planning region.

As previously stated, the high level of competition in the 2014 ACAR meant that some otherwise suitable applications were not successful in obtaining new places, because other applications in the region were more competitive.

The information below provides a summary for the applicants that were not successful in attaining an allocation of home care or residential aged care places in the 2014 ACAR. This feedback draws on the applications received by the Department and provides information on areas where less competitive applications could have been strengthened.

Individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants 

Registration for feedback is now closed. Feedback will be provided to registered applicants by the end of February 2015.

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