Innovative Care Programme
Innovative Care—commonly called the innovative pool—arrangements established under the Aged Care Act 1997 support the development and testing of flexible models of service delivery in areas where mainstream aged care services may not appropriately meet the needs of a location or target group.
Pilot projects that are approved under the innovative pool have clear client eligibility criteria, and have controlled methods of service delivery. Evaluation is an integral element of all projects.
At 30 June 2013, there were nine operational services with a total of 100 operational innovative care places. These services were operated by approved providers from the home care sector across five states.
Funding for Innovative Pool
The Australian Government provides the flexible care subsidy for the innovative pool programme.
The Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014 provides information on the amount of flexible care subsidy for innovative care.