Innovative Care Programme
The Innovative Care Programme was established in 2001-02 under the Aged Care Act 1997, to 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.
The Nine Innovative Care Programme projects commenced as pilots in 2003 and 2004. They were designed for younger people with disabilities who lived in state funded supported accommodation services (funded under the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement 2002 – 2007), who were at risk of entering residential aged care.
A decision was taken by Government in 2006 to make the existing pilots ongoing, but not to fund any new clients from 25 May 2006.
At 30 June 2019, there were nine operational services, with 41 operational innovative care places.
Funding for the Innovative Care Programme
The Australian Government provides a flexible care subsidy to Innovative Care Programme providers on a per person per day basis as a top up to state government supported accommodation funding. The subsidy is indexed annually on 1 July.
The Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014 provides information on the amount of flexible care subsidy for innovative care.