Removal of the distinction between High Care and Low Care in residential aged care places

Page last updated: 22 August 2014

This Information was distributed on 23 May 2014.

A key component of the aged care reforms is the removal of the distinction between low care and high care residential aged care places.

Dear Residential Aged Care Provider

A key component of the aged care reforms is the removal of the distinction between low care and high care residential aged care places. This distinction has historically been made through your conditions of allocation, which is something that the Secretary of the Department of Social Services determines.

Conditions of allocation for residential aged care places have been amended to remove the distinction between low care and high care residential aged care places. This will be in force from 1 July 2014. You do not need to do anything for this change to come into effect.

The removal of the distinction between low care and high care in permanent residential aged care from 1 July 2014 will result in flexible, simple and more transparent arrangements in permanent residential aged care, reducing red tape for consumers and providers without compromising levels of care provided to residents.

Yours sincerely

Donna Moody
Group Manager
Ageing and Aged Care Services
Department of Social Services

Removal of low care – high care distinction in permanent residential aged care from 1 July 2014