Draft Subsidy Principles on Significant Refurbishment and Draft Guidelines

Page last updated: 16 September 2014

This consultation closed on 3 September 2013.

Public consultation on the:

1. Introduction

A service that is determined to be newly built or significantly refurbished on or after 20 April 2012 is eligible to receive a higher accommodation supplement in respect of eligible residents.

The Exposure Draft Subsidy Principles set out the application process to seek a determination from the Secretary of the then Department of Health and Ageing that a residential care service is either newly built or significantly refurbished, and the criteria that must be met in order for the Secretary to make the determination.

The criteria are consistent with the definition of Significant Refurbishment of Residential Aged Care Services that was announced by the Government on 21 December 2012.

The draft Guide to the Significant Refurbishment of Residential Aged Care Services was developed to assist Approved Providers understand the eligibility requirements for the higher Accommodation Supplement, the application process and the documentary evidence that may be required.

2. How to provide input

Comments were sought on the implementation details of the draft Guide and draft Subsidy Principles 2013, noting that the definition of Significant Refurbishment has previously been announced by Government.

3. Background

On 21 December 2012, the Government announced the definition of Significant Refurbishment, and accepted the recommendations of the Aged Care Financing Authority in full. The Government undertook to work with industry to develop the necessary guidelines and application process for the higher Accommodation Supplement.