Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Page last updated: 05 August 2015

This information was distributed on 5 August 2015.

On 31 July 2015, the Australian Government has released resources to help culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community groups and organisations to access culturally appropriate aged care: An overview to improve aged care access for your community (the overview), and A guide to improve aged care access for your community (the guide).

The user-friendly overview and guide provide information on the different aged care arrangements, the aged care funding system, and available funding options.

The overview and guide provide step-by-step advice on applying for Australian Government funded aged care places and capital grants, and other information including:

  • how to complete an Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) application;
  • how CALD community groups and organisations can establish themselves as a home care or residential aged care provider;
  • delivery of services through partnership with an existing provider; and
  • encouraging existing providers to deliver services to CALD communities.

The guides have been translated into 10 languages including Arabic, Cantonese, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

The guides were developed from the $1.5 million in funding that was announced by Minister Fifield in June 2014, to meet the CALD community’s aged care needs.

The overview and guide are available to download on the Department of Social Services website.