Aged care reform
The aged care system in Australia is being reformed to ensure it is the best possible system, now and into the future.
Announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, the More Choice for a Longer Life Package aims to support Australians to be better prepared - to live a healthy, independent, connected and safe life. Find out more about measures within the Package.
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 looked the impact of the changes to date and where we need to take the system in the future.
The Review examined and reported on Commonwealth regulatory practices relating to monitoring the quality and standard of care in residential aged care facilities.
The Australian Government recognises the need for future reforms to home care services to best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities. Outcomes from the recent public discussion paper to inform government decisions on an integrated ‘care at home’ program are available.
The Home Care Packages Program has been the subject of significant reform to ensure that the Program evolves to meet the care needs of senior Australians.
Work is underway to investigate alternative approaches to determining residential care funding that delivers more stable funding arrangements. The government has been engaging with the sector on the development of this longer term reform.
The Aged Care Sector Committee provides advice to government on aged care policy development and implementation and to guide the future reform of the aged care system.
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.
An independent review has been undertaken by Ernst and Young to determine the adequacy of existing legislation and prudential standards that are currently in place to regulate approved providers use of refundable accommodation payments. The Department has considered the recommendations of the Prudential Standards Review.
Aged care reforms are being progressively implemented to ensure our aged care system can be sustainable and affordable, and be the best possible system for all Australians.
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.