2018-19 Aged Care Approvals Round

Page last updated: 15 May 2018

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.

Consultations on Location of New Aged Care Places    

The Department of Health is seeking input from a wide range of aged care stakeholders to ensure new residential aged care places are located where they are most needed, particularly in respect to specific geographic locations, special needs and other key issue groups.

Responses to the consultation will help guide the distribution and targeting of new residential aged care places to be made available for allocation in each state and territory for the 2018-19 ACAR.

The consultation period commences Tuesday 15 May 2018 and concludes on Monday 28 May 2018.

National peak aged care organisations, Aged Care Assessment Teams, Primary Health Networks, local councils, consumer groups and aged care approved providers are among those who will be invited to take part.

Organisations which are not initially invited to take part in the targeted consultations can access the survey by contacting the Department of Health by emailing acar@health.gov.au

Questions and Answers

The attached document will assist you with general information about the 2018-19 ACAR.  Further detail about completing the application forms will be made available as part of the Invitation to Apply, including the 2018-19 ACAR Essential Guide and application forms.

Questions & Answers

Invitation to Apply for places and grants        

An invitation to apply for 13,500 residential aged care places, 775 Short-Term Restorative Care places and up to $60 million in capital grants is expected soon.  The invitation will appear in major metropolitan and leading regional newspapers, as well as the Department of Health’s website.


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