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 agedcarereformenquiries@dss.gov.au.

Please refer to the attachments for further information.

Kind regards
Ageing and Aged Care Stream
Department of Social Services