Aged care reform

Page last updated: 12 October 2016

The aged care system in Australia is being reformed to ensure it is the best possible system, now and into the future.

Why aged care is changing

Aged care reforms are being progressively implemented in three phases over 10 years, so our aged care system can be sustainable and affordable, and be the best possible system for all Australians.

Achieved so far

Improvements have already been implemented to Australia’s aged care system. Read about the improvements so far, including changes to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, Home Care Packages, expansion of programs, new supplements and more.

Aged Care Legislated Review

As part of the changes to aged care announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013. The Aged Care Legislated Review will look at the impact of the changes to date and where we need to take the system in the future.

Home Care Packages reform

The Home Care Packages Programme was introduced in 2013 to replace the Community Packaged Care Programme. From 1 July 2015, all Home Care Packages are delivered on a consumer directed care basis.

In the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government announced significant changes to further improve the way home care services are delivered to older people.

Residential care and home care questions and answers

Answers to questions about the aged care reforms, including changes to fee arrangements, accommodation deposits and payments, higher accommodation supplement, annual and lifetime caps, and methods of payments and contracts.

Aged Care Sector Committee

The Aged Care Sector Committee has been established to provide advice to government on aged care policy development and implementation and to guide the future reform of the aged care system.

Aged Care Financing Authority

The Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) provides transparent, independent advice to government on funding and financing issues in aged care. It is informed by consultation with consumers and the aged care and finance sectors.