Information for Providers Newsletter - Issue 8

Page last updated: 19 December 2014

This information was distributed on 18 December 2014

Dear Aged Care Stakeholder,

Please find attached Issue #8 of the Information for Aged Care Providers Newsletter.

The intention of this newsletter is to provide a snapshot of advice on key issues for aged care providers; and to assist stakeholders to understand the changes to aged care following the 1 July 2014 changes, as well as information on the 1 July 2015 changes. The Department will distribute this information regularly.

This week's issue discusses the following topics:

  • Operational Hours over the festive period for DSS and DHS;
  • Online survey of Home Care Packages;
  • Ceasing of payroll tax supplement from 1 January 2015;
  • A message from the Department of Human Services on means test assessments;
  • Accommodation payments for low means residents;
  • Home Care Packages Programme 2013-14 Financial Report;
  • Updated Aged Care Fees Income Assessment form (SA456), and the updated Combined Assets and Income Assessment form (SA457);
  • Transitional business advisory services – ending June 2015; and
  • Changes to Maximum Permissible Interest Rate from 1 January 2015.

If you have any enquiries, would like to request further clarification or request specific topics be included in this newsletter, please contact

Please refer to the attachments for further information.

Kind regards
Ageing and Aged Care Stream
Department of Social Services