2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round

Page last updated: 05 December 2019

Information about the 2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)


The ACAR is a competitive application process that enables prospective and existing approved providers of aged care to apply for a range of new Australian Government funded aged care places and financial assistance in the form of a capital grant.

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Timeline of events

Applications for the 2018-19 ACAR opened on 2 July 2018 and closed 10 August 2018. 

On 31 January 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the allocation of 775 new STRC places through the 2018-19 ACAR.

On 5 March 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced the allocation of 13,500 new residential care places and $60 million in capital grants.

Residential Care, Capital Grants and STRC Allocation Results

Details of all allocations can be found on the 2018-19 ACAR results page.

Please note that home care places are no longer allocated through the ACAR.  For further information on the About the Home Care Packages Program please see the department’s website.

If you have difficulty downloading any of the documents, please contact ACAR@health.gov.au

2018-19 ACAR Essential Guide

As part of the application process, applicants are required to certify that they have read the relevant sections of the 2018-19 ACAR Essential Guide.

All applicants are 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.

Program Guidelines – Capital Grants

Please refer to Chapter 4 of the 2018-19 ACAR Essential Guide to access the capital grant program guidelines for the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund.

Programme Manual - Short-Term Restorative Care

Provides an understanding of the policy context and operational requirements for delivery of Short-Term Restorative Care to clients in the home or a residential care setting.

Distribution and targeting of places

Chapter 6 of the Essential Guide sets out the distribution and targeting of places for applicants seeking either residential care places and/or Short-Term Restorative Care places.

Applicants seeking residential care places should note:

  • The department will give priority to assessing and allocating places to services located in regional, rural and remote areas. While this is a priority for the 2018-19 ACAR, residential care places will remain available for allocation nationally, including metropolitan areas.
  • An interactive map was previously published to help applicants understand the priorities and targeting focus for the 2018-19 ACAR, including specific geographic locations, Special Needs Groups and Key Issues for each Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3) in each state and territory. These maps are no longer supported. The following table replaces the maps as a historical record.
  • 2018-19 ACAR - Targeting of Residential Aged Care Places by State/Territory, SA3, Category, SNGs and KIs.

Distribution and targeting resources

To complement the 2018-19 ACAR Map, a one-page snapshot of graphs and tables is available for applicants to help inform their understanding of aged care needs in a given location. These snapshots provide an overview of aged care service provision, population projections and special needs group data for each SA3 and at the state and territory level.

A range of user friendly data and information on aged care in Australia is also available at GEN Aged Care Data.

Questions and Answers

The attached document will assist you with general information about the 2018-19 ACAR and the application process.

This document will be updated throughout the Invitation to Apply period, if new information or clarification becomes available.

Determination Instrument

On 23 April 2018, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, 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 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years and determined a number of flexible care (Multi-Purpose Services) places available for allocation in any state or territory.  

On 22 August 2018, this determination was updated by Minister Wyatt to create a pool of places to accommodate movement of provisionally allocated places between regions in exceptional circumstances.

On 28 February 2019, this determination was updated by Minister Wyatt to amend the number of residential care places available for allocation in each state and territory in 2018-19, and to create Transition Care Programme places for allocation in Western Australia in 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.


If you have any enquiries regarding the 2018-19 ACAR please contact acar@health.gov.au