Multi-Purpose Services Program

Page last updated: 17 August 2018

The Multi-Purpose Services Program is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, and provides integrated health and aged care services for some small regional and remote communities. It allows services to exist in regions that could not viably support stand-alone hospitals or aged care homes.

Multi-Purpose Services receive Australian Government funding to deliver aged care services with the state or territorygovernments providing funding for a range of health services.

Multi-Purpose Services are administered under the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Subsidy Principles 2014.

Funding for Multi-Purpose Services

The Australian Government provides a flexible care subsidy for Multi-Purpose Services under a payment agreement with the approved provider, which is usually the state or territory government health department.

The Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014 contains information on the amount of the flexible care subsidy for Multi-Purpose Services.

The Department of Health administers a competitive application process for Multi-Purpose Service approved providers to apply for new flexible aged care places or to apply to change the level of care designated to an existing place. The 2017-18 Multi-Purpose Services flexible places funding round closed on 10 November 2017. 

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For enquiries about the Multi-Purpose Services Program please email